New Delhi (NVI): The air quality in the national capital turned to ‘very poor’ category this morning with calm winds and is likely to deteriorate further over the next two days.
According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the city’s air quality index (AQI) stood at 305 at around 9 am.
The AQI in neighbouring cities of Faridabad (297), Ghaziabad (372), Gurgaon (282) and Noida (339), was also recorded in ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ categories.
As of today, the spike in air pollutants was recorded in the city as there was an increase in the concentration of both- PM10 and PM2.5 pollutants.
Officials at government agencies have predicted that air quality to deteriorate further over the coming days due to a likely dip in temperature and gradual reduction in wind speed.
Moreover, the Ministry Earth Sciences’ air monitor, SAFAR said that, the AQI is forecasted to marginally deteriorate to the ‘very poor category for the next two days and likely to further deteriorate and to be in the higher end of ‘very poor’ category on December 2.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the winds were calm on Sunday night. During the day, the maximum wind speed is expected to be 10 kmph.
“Winds are predicted to slow down further. Therefore, Delhi’s air quality is likely to deteriorate further and remain in the ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ category,” it added.
However, The minimum temperature was 6.9 degrees Celsius today and the maximum is expected to settle around 26 degrees Celsius, the Met department said.