Strong winds to help keep Delhi air clean
NEW DELHI: Clear sky throughout the day and strong winds will help keep the Delhi air clean, according to a Met official.
Themaximumtemperatureon Wednesday was 23.4°C, a degree belownormal.theminimumwas 10.2°C, normal for this time of the year. The air quality index (AQI) on Wednesday was 167 in “moderate” levels. AQI is calculated on a scale of 0-500.
“The wind speed is 17-18km per hour. The wind will remain strong for the next three-four days. This, along with clear sky will keep the air cleaner. For the next 6-7 days, there will be no heavy morning fog,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior Met department scientist.
According to the CPCB realtime monitoring, at 6am on Wednesday, the concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10 were 97.1ug/ m3 and 150.6ug/m3, respectively.
“February is usually the cleanest month of the year. It is usually windy and after the highly polluted December and January, it comes as a relief. From March 15-16, it will again start getting more polluted because of the dry dust of the summer,” senior scientist with Delhi Pollution Control Committee MP George said.
On Thursday, partly cloudy sky is expected with mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperature would be around 24°C and 11°C, respectively.