For the second day in a row, Delhi and adjoining areas have remained engulfed in a thick blanket of dust. The air quality in the national capital remained on the ‘severe’ and ‘hazardous’ level in many areas because of a ground-level dust storm in western India.
Here’re some latest updates:
As per CPCB’s website, the PM10 level was over 800 at 10 AM today. According to AQICN, on Thursday morning, PM10 (particles with the diameter less than 10mm) level was beyond severe at 778 in Delhi-NCR area and 824 in Delhi particularly, leading to hazy conditions and limiting visibility. As per the AQI level – from 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 is ‘moderate’, 201-300 is ‘poor’, 301-400 is ‘very poor’, and 401 and above is ‘severe’ or ‘hazardous’.
Strong-anti cyclonic winds, blowing from Rajasthan, are the reason behind the worsening air quality. The current conditions are likely to last till Friday.
The dust storm has also increased the temperature in the area. of According to Skymet Weather, the dust has layered the atmosphere, it is in turn, restricting the escape of the longwave radiation due to which it is trapped within the atmosphere, resulting in rising the night temperatures of parts of Northwest India.
Source: Economic Times