New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality improved from ‘poor’ category to ‘moderate’ with Air Quality Index (AQI) standing at 132 as the capital city and its adjoining areas witnessed heavy rainfall and thunderstorm on Saturday morning. This was the best air quality in Delhi since October 26 last year, when it was recorded at 139.On Thursday, the air quality in Delhi stood at 258.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said, “Thunderstorm with moderate to heavy intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of NCR ( Chhapraula, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh) Palwal, Aurangabad (Haryana) Tizara, Alwar (Rajasthan).
More rain and stronger winds on Saturday will further improve the air quality to the ‘satisfactory’ category or the ‘good’ category. An extended monsoon season and record-breaking rainfall gave Delhi its best air quality in October in four years, but the air pollution in November was the worst in the month since 2015.
Meanwhile, cloudy weather pushed the national capital’s minimum temperature up to 13.5 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal, on Friday.
Moderate rain is likely in the capital on Saturday, the India Meteorological Department said. The Safdarjung Observatory, considered the official marker for the city, had recorded 7.3 mm of rainfall on Wednesday under the influence of a western disturbance.
“Meanwhile, the air quality of Noida remains in the ‘moderate’ category with the AQI at 110, the air quality of Gurugram is also in the ‘moderate’ category with the AQI at 156. As per the government agencies, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.
(With Inputs from ANI and PTI)