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Delhi: Air quality in the national capital remains in ‘very poor’ category; AQI 374 recorded

Delhi's AQI was recorded at 374 on Wednesday morning. Apart from this, the minimum temperature in the national capital on Tuesday was recorded at 15.2 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The air quality in Delhi remained poor on Wednesday and the Air Quality Index (AQI) remained in the ‘severe’ category. Delhi’s overall air quality index was recorded at 374 on Wednesday morning. At the same time, AQI 424 was recorded at 4 pm on Tuesday, which is the worst since December 26, 2021 (459). On the other hand, the AQI was 361 (very poor) at 8 pm on Monday night. According to SAFAR data, the AQI in Delhi stood at 374 at 6:15 am on Wednesday.

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According to the data, the average AQI of PM2.5 was 215. Apart from this, the minimum temperature in the national capital on Tuesday was recorded at 15.2 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal. At the same time, the maximum temperature was recorded at 33 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. The relative humidity of the city was recorded at 62 per cent at 5.30 pm.

An AQI between zero and 50 is ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘very poor’ considered to be in the ‘severe’ category.

Temperature was 15.2 degree Celsius on Tuesday
The minimum temperature in the city on Tuesday was 15.2 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average. According to the data of the India Meteorological Department, the relative humidity in the city was recorded at 94 percent at 8.30 am.

According to an analysis by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, when stubble burning is at its peak between November 1 and November 15, people in the capital breathe the worst air. From November 1 to November 15, PM 2.5 is recorded on an average of 285 micrograms per cubic meter in the city. Visibility at Safdarjung airport was reduced to 600 meters and at Palam airport to 900 meters due to a thick layer of mist in the morning, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

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Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change), Skymet Weather, said that due to slow wind speed and low night temperature, pollutants are getting accumulated. He said that due to Western Disturbance, moisture may increase from November 4 and wind speed may decrease further.

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