Clean air gone with the wind
The northern India is covered by an unusual haze caused by dusty winds from the western parts of the country
CAUSE FOR DUST
Strong westerly winds with a speed of 40–50 km per hour, are bringing in dust from across the western parts of India that have been witnessing extreme “dry” conditions. The winds have been blowing sustainably since Tuesday, accumulating the dust.
WHY THE SPURT
There has been intense heat and dearth of moisture in the north-western parts of India, making the soil dry. The westerly winds blowing close to the surface pick up ground dust and also bring in other ultrafine particles from construction sites, industrial areas and vehicles.
NO MONSOON IMPACT
The phenomenon won’t affect the onset of monsoon or pre-monsoon showers, say met department officials. Once the monsoon current picks up speed, cool easterly winds will push the westerly winds away. Relief is expected around June 17.