Delhi rains wash out pollution; AQI in moderate category

February 8, 2019 8:43 AM |

Yesterday, several parts of Delhi and NCR area observed light to moderate rains. Moreover, instances of fairly widespread hailstorm were also reported. In fact, it was the heaviest hailstorm recorded in the history of Delhi and its adjoining areas of Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad as well as Faridabad.

As predicted by Skymet Weather, the rains and hailstorm activities have played an important role in easing out the pollution levels. Pollution which was yesterday under ‘poor to very poor’ category has witnessed a significant improvement in its levels and now is under ‘moderate’ category over many places. In fact, at one or two places, it has also been recorded under ‘satisfactory’ category, which gives a major sigh of relief to the residents.

Talking Air Quality Index at various places of Delhi and NCR area, then AQI over Pusa has been recorded at 190, which falls under ‘moderate’ category. Likewise, AQI at 142, falling under ‘moderate’ category has been recorded over Lodhi road. Pollution which was under ‘very poor’ category over Mathura road has shown a significant improvement and is now under ‘moderate’ category with its AQI at 176. However, not much change has been observed in the pollution levels of Delhi University and the pollution here is still under ‘poor’ category with AQI at 252.

The rains over Delhi and NCR area were the outcome of the Western Disturbance present over Western Himalayas as well as its induced Cyclonic Circulation over Haryana and Punjab. Moreover, the moisture feed was also available from Arabian Sea.

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