Low visibility, haze to persist till Nov 14
GURUGRAM: The temperature and wind speed in Gurugram dipped markedly on Friday, casting a haze over the city.
The wind speed recorded was between 1 and 4 kilometres per hour (kmph), up from Thursday, but not substantial enough to disperse airborne pollutants.
As a result, visibility remained generally poor, in the range of about two kilometres. The maximum daytime temperature was recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 10 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, the maximum temperature was a little above 31 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature was around 11 degrees Celsius, according to officials of the pollution control board.
Officials of the India Meteorological Department said that the temperatures are set to drop further in the next week, which might cause the prevailing smoglike conditions to worsen. “By November 14, we are expecting to have a maximum daytime temperature of fewer than 30 degrees Celsius,” an IMD official said.
However, a shift in meteorological conditions is expected between November 14 and November 16, when wind speeds have been forecasted to increase to more than 10kmph, which should facilitate a higher ventilation index that will, in turn, help in dispersing pollutants.
“However, wind patterns this year have been erratic and hard to predict. So, we cannot exactly be sure,” the IMD official said.
He added that a light spell of rain can also be expected around November 14.