Delhi’s air quality continues to be ‘very poor’; AQI at 349

On December 8, the air quality in the national capital persisted in the \’very poor\’ category, with the temperature reaching a peak of 11.4 degrees Celsius at 7:01 am, according to information available on the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) website.

At 7:01 am on December 7, Delhi\’s Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 349 by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The AQI scale classifies levels from 0-50 as \’good,\’ 51-100 as \’satisfactory,\’ 101-200 as \’moderate,\’ 201-300 as \’poor,\’ 301-400 as \’very poor,\’ and 401-500 as \’severe.\’ An AQI exceeding 500 falls into the \’severe plus\’ category.

Various areas across Delhi documented air quality in the \’very poor\’ and \’poor\’ classifications, with none falling into the \’severe\’ category on the mentioned day. According to SAFAR, the AQI measured at 322 in Delhi University, 321 in Noida, 353 in Dhirpur, and 306 at Delhi airport (T3).

According to CPCB data at 8 am, specific zones in Delhi displayed \’very poor\’ air quality, with AQI at 393 in Alipur, 374 in Anand Vihar, 350 in Dwarka Sector 8, 364 in ITO, 396 in Jahangirpuri, 333 in RK Puram, 282 in Rohini, and 388 in Wazirpur. Certain areas like Ayanagar and Mathura Road exhibited moderate air quality, with AQI measured at 145 and 139, respectively.

The minimum temperature settled at 9.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday, as reported by the weather department. Delhi\’s AQI showed improvement from \’very poor\’ on Tuesday to \’poor\’ on Wednesday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted no rainfall in the National Capital until December 11. Delhi has been contending with air quality fluctuating from \’severe\’ to \’very poor\’ in recent weeks.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai mentioned the lifting of Grap-3 restrictions in the national capital, with ongoing efforts to ensure the strict implementation of Grap-1 and Grap-2. He acknowledged a decrease in pollution attributed to recent weather changes and underscored the need for vigilance, particularly if wind speed decreases, potentially leading to an increase in AQI levels.

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