Delhi air quality remains ‘very poor’, rain likely from tomorrow

Rain, predicted from January 5 to January 8, is expected to bring down the AQI levels.
Pigeons take flight on a foggy morning in the outskirts of Dwarka in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)
Pigeons take flight on a foggy morning in the outskirts of Dwarka in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 07:37 AM IST
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By | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi

The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi recorded a value of 369 on Tuesday morning, indicating ‘very poor’ air quality, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR)-India. The AQI is expected to improve slightly as the weather department has predicted rain in the national capital over the next three days.

"High winds and intermittent rains are likely during January 5 to January 8 that are expected to improve AQI significantly to 'lower end of very poor' through strong dispersion and wet deposition. Mixing layer height continues to be about 1 km," SAFAR said.

The mercury rose by a few notches on Tuesday as the minimum temperature was recorded at 8.5 degrees Celsius, officials said. The minimum temperature on Monday had settled at 5.4 degrees Celsius under foggy conditions.

On Monday, Delhi recorded an AQI of 389. The AQI in neighbouring areas was: Ghaziabad (366), Gurugram (355), Noida (346), and Faridabad (340).

The maximum temperature in Delhi on Tuesday was recorded at 21.5 degrees Celsius, same as the previous day's average.

 Humidity levels oscillated between 97 per cent and 43 per cent.

On Tuesday, the maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 22 and 7 degrees Celsius, respectively, according to the weather department.

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