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Delhi air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category ; minimum temperature dips to 7.6°C

New Delhi: The Delhi air quality continued to remain in the 'very poor' category for the second day on Monday morning with an AQI of 313, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). Meanwhile, the minimum temperature dipped to 7.6°C, two notches below the season's average while the relative humidity at 8.30 am was 85 per cent.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Delhi air quality continued to remain in the ‘very poor’ category for the second day on Monday with an AQI of 313, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

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The AQI in the the Delhi University area stood at 348, whereas the air quality at the IIT Delhi was under ‘poor’ at 273, as per SAFAR. Meanwhile, the minimum temperature dipped to 7.6°C, two notches below the season’s average while the relative humidity at 8.30 am was 85 per cent.

The weather office has forecast mainly clear sky for the day while the maximum temperature is likely to settle around 27 degrees Celsius. Delhi Airport Terminal fared no better with an AQI of 323 under ‘very poor’ category. Similarly, Noida too breathed into the ‘poor category’ with AQI at 372. Meanwhile, Gurugram was better placed in the ‘poor category’ with an AQI of 276.

Air Quality Index is a tool for effectively communicating air quality status to people in terms that are easy to understand. It transforms complex air quality data of various pollutants into a single number (index value), nomenclature and colour. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.

Amid poor air quality, the sub-committee held a meeting on November 18 to initiate action under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to be implemented across the NCR as well as under the second phase of GRAP The progress of the works was reviewed. As per the dynamic model and weather/meteorological forecast provided by IMD/IITM, the overall air quality is likely to fluctuate widely between the lower end of ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ categories over the next few days.

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said that the main surface wind in Delhi is expected to come from the North/North-West direction.The sub-committee of the Commission is closely monitoring the situation and will review the air quality scenario accordingly.

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