Delhi pollution level likely to drop as wind speed expected to pick up
Pollution levels in the national capital are expected to drop on Tuesday due to an increase in wind speed even as the air quality remained in the 'very poor' category in the morning.
According to the Meteorological (MeT) department, there is a possibility of strong winds in the next 24 hours.
At 9.44 am, Delhi's air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 365. The AQI at Vivek Vihar, Anand Vihar and ITO were registered at 410, 395 and 382, respectively.
On Monday, the city's average AQI stood at 370 at 8.30 pm due to a slight increase in wind.
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'. An AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category.
In the National Capital Region, AQI in Noida was registered at 388, followed by Ghaziabad (378), Faridabad (363) and Gurgaon (361).
The Delhi government had on Friday directed closure of schools till November 5 and banned construction activities after the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared a public health emergency as air quality plummeted.
Meanwhile, the minimum temperature recorded in Delhi was 17.5 degree Celsius, three notches above the season's average.