Delhi thanks early morning winds as overall air quality improves to 'very poor'
A day after recording "severe" pollution, Delhi's air quality improved slightly to "very poor" category on Wednesday after wind speed picked up and dispersed pollutants even though the stubble fire count increased.
"Early morning winds picked up, which came as respite and dispersed particles rapidly and pulled back air quality towards very poor range," the official said.
SAFAR further said AQI for the next two days would remain in "very poor" range but with an increasing trend.
"Air quality is likely to deteriorate on November 3 as a result of post westerly disturbances which are likely to hit over Western Himalayas today," SAFAR said.
Gurgaon recorded "severe" air quality at 416, while it was "very poor" in Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and Greater Noida.
On Wednesday, PM2.5 was recorded at 215. Fine particulates can be a matter of more serious health concern than PM10.
On Wednesday, regional factors such as stubble burning contributed to 22 per cent of PM2.5 pollution in the national capital, according to SAFAR.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.
A thick pall of haze continued to engulf the national capital, and according to authorities, it would continue to hover over the city for the next three days.
On Tuesday, the city recorded the worst air quality of the season after pollution level turned severe at 401, prompting authorities to ban construction activities along with halting operations of industries using coal and biomass as fuel between November 1 and 10.
The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority is considering regulating the use of private vehicles if the pollution level in the national capital deteriorates.
It has urged Delhiites to use public transport for the first 10 days of November when the air quality of the national capital is expected to further deteriorate.
(With inputs from agencies.)