Delhi, the capital of India, is experiencing moderate air quality with a minimum temperature of 9.5°C and expected to rise to 24°C on Friday. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the hourly air quality index (AQI) was 198 at 9 am on Friday, falling under the moderate category. The average 24-hour AQI on Thursday was 194, also in the moderate category.
The AQI scale ranges from zero to 500, with a range of 0 to 50 considered good, 51 to 100 satisfactory, 101 to 200 moderate, 201 to 300 poor, 301 to 400 very poor, and 401 to 500 severe. The air quality is expected to improve slightly but remains in the moderate category, on Saturday.
Temperatures are expected to increase gradually, with a maximum temperature of 26°C expected by Monday. The minimum temperature is likely to fluctuate between 11-12°C. On Thursday, the maximum temperature of 24.3°C was two degrees above normal, while a minimum of 8.3°C was recorded.
It is imperative for the citizens of Delhi to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from the harmful effects of air pollution. Simple steps like using masks, limiting outdoor activities, and using air purifiers can help in reducing exposure to toxic air.
The government has implemented several measures to curb air pollution in the city, including restrictions on the use of private vehicles and the shutdown of industries and construction activities. However, more needs to be done to ensure the air quality in Delhi remains in the satisfactory range.
Air pollution has become a major concern in India and it is affecting not only the health of the citizens but also the economy. The World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked Delhi as the most polluted city in the world.