Low vis­i­bil­ity, haze to per­sist till Nov 14

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

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.

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