Delhi air pollution: Very poor air quality chokes national capital

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New Delhi: The national capital is experiencing very poor quality of air on Thursday although it has improved a little bit, Met officials said.

According to The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) the air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 329 on Thursday morning in Delhi.

As the rainfall was not sufficient and wind speed was moderate it has not contributed to the improvement in air quality of the national capital.

The AQI would hover between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ range for a couple of days, SAFAR predicted.

It said high air holding capacity and moderate fog are working unfavourably for the air quality.

SAFAR said the overall PM2.5 (fine particulate matter in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometre) level in Delhi was recorded at 157 in the ‘very poor’ category.

The PM10 (fine particulate matter in the air with a diameter of fewer than 10 micrometre) level was also recorded at 265 in the ‘poor’ category on Thursday morning, it said.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) sources the minimum temperature is likely to be 15 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature would hover around 25 degree Celsius.

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