Delhi’s air quality deteriorated to the bottom of the poor category on Monday morning. The city’s 6 o’clock Air Quality Index (AQI) was 294. On Sunday, the average AQI was 256.
Government agencies have predicted that air quality will continue to deteriorate over the next few days due to a probable drop in temperature and a gradual decrease in wind speed.
Scientists from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) have forecast projections below normal minimum temperatures this winter in parts of north and northwest India, including Delhi.
“The minimum temperature in the next week is expected to be between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius. Usually such a drop in temperature is observed from December 20-22, but this year it is likely to occur in the first two weeks of the month. This may have an impact on air quality as wind speed is likely to subside on December 4-5, “said a senior scientist at IMD.
The scientist added that the wind speed, which is currently 8-10 km / h, is expected to decrease as of December 2, which could cause a drop in air quality.
According to the Weather and Air Quality Research and Forecast System (SAFAR), the air quality prediction wing of the Ministry of the Union, the percentage of straw burns at PM 2 levels 5 in the city increased by 6% on Sunday, compared to 4% the day before. “Ventilation conditions are likely to decrease as of December 2 and the air quality is likely to deteriorate and become a very poor area after that,” the SAFAR newsletter said.