The overall air quality of Delhi-NCR remains severe

The quality of air in the national capital Delhi and NCR region remained in the “severe” category on Thursday. Following this, all the government and private schools had been closed in the region for today and tomorrow.

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) showed the overall AQI of Delhi was 474 at 12.20 pm on Thursday. this is at the higher end of the ‘Severe’ category.

The overall Delhi AQI is at the higher end of the SEVERE category as forecasted. The effective stubble fire counts estimated by SAFAR-integrated multi-satellite methodology has shown decreasing trend and only 69 counts on 13th November. This may be partly due to the dense cloud cover. The biomass share in Delhi’s air quality has become very low.

The approaching fresh Western Disturbance (WD) exists as an induced cyclonic circulation over southwest Rajasthan and started to affect northwest India, scattered rainfall is expecting over Panjab which is likely to lead to very low fire count during next two days. The sky is likely to be cloudy over the Delhi region and reduced solar radiation is likely to reduce heating and mixed layer growth; this is likely to lead to further deterioration of air quality during today’s day hours.

Marginal improvement is expecting by 15th November Under the influence of WD and an increase in wind speed is forecasted in Delhi region by 16th November is likely to contribute to improvement in air quality. The current air quality condition is likely to improve to the higher end of very poor by 16th November. Further improvement is expected by 17th November.

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