The Air Quality Index is determined by the pollutant with the highest index. As the AQI increases, an increasingly large percentage of the population is likely to experience increasingly severe adverse health effects.
Yes! Delhi is not the most polluted city in the country. Ghaziabad city on Monday had the highest air quality index (AQI) reading of 384 in the country as per the data of the Central Pollution Control Board.
Number 2 on the list, Noida secured its place, that also under the ‘very poor’ category, with an air quality index reading of 347 on Monday.
According to officials, the prevailing dust-raising winds, cloudy weather, and mild shower conditions will continue for another three or four days. The officials attributed these conditions to the ongoing western disturbance, which is likely to be followed by another similar disturbance.
They said that this would lead to pollution continuing at similar levels. “The prevailing conditions are due to the ongoing western disturbance. This will affect areas in Delhi-NCR, south Haryana and parts of western Uttar Pradesh, including Mathura and Agra.
“The rise in pollution in Delhi-NCR is due to dust-raising winds blowing in from Rajasthan. The areas that will receive light rain may see a reduction in pollution,” Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, New Delhi, said.
“This is likely to result in a dust storm, thunderstorm, and lightning. There is also a possibility of a hailstorm. As a result of the prevailing weather conditions, the temperature, which had shot up to 42-43 degrees Celsius, will come down to about 38-39 degrees Celsius. In another three or four days, the temperature will come down further by one or two degrees Celsius,” he added.
An air quality index reading between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.
“We will revert to pollution control measures such as water sprinkling,” Ritu Maheshwari, district magistrate (Ghaziabad), said.
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