Delhi Air Quality Turns Toxic For The Fifth Consecutive Day

Delhi’s air quality turned toxic at various places with the beginning of stubble burning in neighbouring states and was recorded in the ‘poor’ category.

Jessica David

October 14, 2020

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National capital’s air quality was recorded in the ‘poor’ category for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday (October 11), while a government agency said that it is likely to improve slightly in the coming days due to a change in the wind direction. The city recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 216. It was 221 on Saturday (October 10). Delhi’s air quality had turned poor on Wednesday (October 14) for the fifth time since June 29, with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recording a 24-hour average AQI of 215. The Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor SAFAR said the AQI is likely to improve to the “moderate” category.

A total of 448 farm fires were observed in Punjab, adjoining Pakistan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh which impacted Delhi’s air quality on Sunday, SAFAR said. However, the wind direction will change from northwesterly to southeasterly and the impact of farm fires will reduce, it said. On Sunday morning, Delhi’s minimum temperature settled at 19.8 degrees Celsius. The maximum wind speed was 15 kilometres per hour and the direction was west-northwesterly.

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