The air quality of the city continued to be in ‘the very poor’ category on Monday and is expected to improve to ‘poor’ category on Tuesday, said government-run monitoring agency System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). On Monday, the average level of PM 2.5 — deadly respirable particles, which is a chief pollutant — was 147.7 ug/m3 more than twice the safe limit of 60ug/m3, as per Indian standards, in Delhi and the NCR at 10 p.m., said Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The level is, however, almost six times the safe limit (25 ug/m3) as set by the World Health Organization.Under the influence of an approaching Western Disturbance, scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is expected in the city over the next two days. Other forecastsAlso, an increase in surface winds and an increase in the minimum temperature are the forecast for the coming days. “Under these favourable conditions, air quality is forecast to improve to the lower end of ‘very poor’ to the ‘poor’ category by tomorrow [Tuesday]. Further improvement is expected in case of sufficient rain, towards the lower end of the ‘poor’ to ‘satisfactory’ category by Wednesday,” SAFAR said. Rainfall washes away pollutants… Read full this story
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