Delhi rains clear air pollution, Air quality improves significantly

Delhi PollutionDelhi rains have finally made an appearance and that too with a bang. This has brought immense relief for the Delhiites as air pollution improved significantly. After widespread rainfall throughout the last night, air quality dropped to ‘moderate’ category on Tuesday morning itself.

Winters rains have been missing so far in Delhi-NCR, which had kept the city exposed to dangerous levels of pollution. Air quality has been settling between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ category, making Delhi a gas chamber.

Weathermen at Skymet Weather had been reiterating that respite from air pollution is only possible when either wind continues to flow from one direction or widespread rains. Now, with these widespread rains, pollutants have settled down across the city. Although isolated rains were seen on few occasions, but those showers were able to give short term relief only.

According to Mahesh Palawat, VP-Meteorology, Skymet Weather, “Widespread rains were not limited to Delhi but to entire northwestern plains. Thus, pollutants of have settle down all over the places. Thus, any immediate spike in air pollution is not likely.”

For the next few days, air quality would continue to juggle between ‘fair’ to ‘moderate’ pollution levels. Although Delhi rains would fade away during the next 48 hours, but after that northwesterly winds would start blowing over Delhi-NCR.
With these rains moderate in nature, they would not let pollutants settle down. Also, we are not expecting any weather system in quick succession that could change the wind pattern.


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