The air quality in Delhi continues to be in the ‘poor’ category, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said on Thursday. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital was recorded at 262 on Thursday morning. The city had recorded an AQI of 237 on Wednesday.
As per the government data, an AQI 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’.
In its daily bulletin, SAFAR advised people belonging to the sensitive groups to reduce their outdoor exposure and prolonged exertion. Asthmatics are advised to keep medicine ready if symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath occur. Heart patients can visit a doctor if get palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue occurs, it said.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday predicted cold wave conditions in isolated pockets of Delhi among other states for the next three to four days.
“Cold wave conditions in isolated pockets very likely over Vidarbha, north Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and Gujarat state during next 2 days; over Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, north Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh during next 3-4 days,” the weather agency said in a tweet.
The weather agency also reported that the minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 6.3 degrees Celsius today at 7 am while the maximum temperature is expected to touch 17 degrees Celsius.