Air set to worsen in six days as mercury & wind speed drop

  • | Wednesday | 6th December, 2023

Gurgaon: With a dip in wind speed and mercury, the citys air quality index (AQI) on Tuesday rose slightly but remained in the poor category at 248. It was 224 a day ago. Tuesdays wind speed was 5kmph, down from Mondays 8kmph. According to CPCBs 24-hour average data, the air monitoring station in Teri Gram near the Aravalis recorded the days worst AQI at 326 (very poor), while it was poor at Gwalpahari (258) and Sector 51 (249).Vikas Sadan witnessed moderate air at 191.On Tuesday, the citys minimum temperature was 11.3 degrees Celsius, down from 13.2 degrees the day before. The maximum temperature was 23.8 degrees Celsius, the same as Monday.The central governments System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar) said AQI could slip back to the very poor category in the next six days. The predominant surface wind is likely to be calm during the morning and evening hours and will come from the northwest direction in Delhi-NCR during the daytime with speeds of up to 4kmph. Mainly clear sky and shallow to moderate fog are expected in the morning on December 7, it stated.Neighbouring Delhi (297), Noida (235), Greater Noida (274) and Faridabad (212) too reported poor AQI on Tuesday. Ghaziabad, meanwhile, had a moderate air day with an overall reading of 192.We also published the following articles recentlyDelhis air quality slips to very poor categoryDelhis air quality deteriorated to very poor range on Thursday, with a maximum temperature slightly below average. The 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 398, indicating very poor conditions. Projections suggest the air quality will continue to be very poor for the next six days. The India Meteorological Department predicts partly cloudy skies with shallow fog in the morning, and temperatures around 25 and 13 degrees Celsius.Air improves slightly as wind speed picks up, but stays poorGurgaons air quality index (AQI) remains poor, with PM2.5 and PM10 levels exceeding permissible limits. The city recorded an AQI of 224, slightly improved from the previous day. The worst AQI was observed in Sector 51 at 311, while other stations recorded lower levels. The CPCB data shows that vehicular emissions and dust are the main sources of pollution. The central governments SAFAR predicts that the AQI may worsen to a very poor category. The India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for dense fog in Gurgaon on Tuesday.Delhis air quality index reaches very poor categoryDelhis Air Quality Index (AQI) reached very poor category in multiple areas. AQI recorded at 07.00 am: 340 in Anand Vihar, 315 in Ashok Vihar, 307 in ITO Delhi, and 332 in Jahangirpuri. Light rainfall improved air pollution levels. GRAP-3 lifted, but GRAP-1 and 2 strictly implemented. AQI scale: 0-100 good, 100-200 moderate, 200-300 poor, 300-400 very poor, 400 or above severe. Citizens found relief as light rains showered in Delhi-NCR.

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