Air quality worsens, rain may bring relief over next 2 days

The concentration of ultra fine pollutants in the air increased on Monday as both PM 2.5 and PM 10 was recorded in the ‘very poor’ category

As per the lastest AQI data, Delhi's Lodhi Road area has content of prominent pollutants PM 10 and PM 2.5 in "severe" and "very poor" category respectively.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered Good, 51-100 Satisfactory, 101-200 Moderate, 201-300 Poor, 301-400 Very Poor, and 401-500 Severe.

Air Quality Index has turned worse in many parts of Delhi with the readings in Anand Vihar turning severe.

The rise in pollution levels have been attributed to low minimum temperatures and high moisture levels that create ideal conditions for the creation of smog as particulate matter get trapped close to the surface.

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The cleanest air day this year and since air monitoring began in Mumbai was recorded on October 12, when the AQI was 32 (good). "The cyclone has come as a blessing for Mumbai as it has paved way for clean air". It has also forecast rain in the next 48 hours that may help improve air quality.

On Monday, while official indicators showed pollution levels rising to "hazardous" levels, there was no repeat of protests by the visitors.

He said Mumbai can expect clean air until Saturday and pollution levels are expected to rise thereafter as temperatures increase and wind speed reduces. It was the second most polluted on November 15 with AQI 404.

The spurt in pollutants was caused by a combination of meteorological factors including a drop in temperature, wind speed and mixing height, a layer where air and particulates float, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said. While Kanpur was country's most polluted city with an AQI of 371 on Wednesday. Levels of PM2.5 and PM10 reached 276 and 455 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3), respectively, in the afternoon.

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