Minimum temperature at 7 degrees Celsius; AQI likely in ‘very poor’ category

The air quality could remain in the ‘poor’ or lower end of the ‘very poor’ category on Monday, going by the Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi.

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On Monday, the minimum temperature will be settled around 7 degrees Celsius in Delhi, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast.

The minimum temperature was 6.6 degree Celsius, two degrees below the normal and slightly higher than the 6.4 degree Celsius on Sunday.

The maximum temperature on Monday is likely to be around 24 degrees Celsius, the IMD forecast indicates. Relative humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 97%.

Meanwhile, the air quality could remain in the ‘poor’ or lower end of the ‘very poor’ category on Monday, going by the Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi. The AQI is likely to remain in the ‘very poor’ category on Tuesday and Wednesday as well. The average wind speed is less than 10 kmph and not favorable for the dispersion of pollutants. Winds have been predicted to get stronger from Dec 16 onwards.

The monitoring stations that recorded a 24-hour average AQI in the ‘very poor’ category (301 to 400) on Monday morning included Anand Vihar, with an AQI of 397, Chandni Chowk with an AQI of 343, and the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium which recorded an AQI of 313. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the AQI was in the ‘poor’ category with a figure of 291.

At the Jahangirpuri monitoring station, the air quality had deteriorated to reach the ‘severe’ category on Monday morning. The average AQI was 404 at the station. According to data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, the PM10 concentration at Jahangirpuri peaked at 981µg/m3 at 9 p.m. on Sunday, and had fallen to around 558µg/m3 by 10 a.m. on Monday. The 24-hour standard for PM10 is 100µg/m3.

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