The minimum temperature in Delhi for the past 24 hours stood at 5.5 degrees Celsius at the Safdarjung meteorological observatory, while the AQI returned to the “severe” category.
The minimum temperature recorded over the past 24 hours at the Safdarjung weather station, which provides representative data for the city, is about two degrees below normal for this time of year. Forecasts from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) indicate that the minimum temperature on Thursday is also expected to stand at 5 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature is expected to be 24 degrees Celsius.
IMD said in an update on Thursday morning that a gradual rise in minimum temperature of 3 to 5 degrees Celsius is likely in most parts of northwestern and central India over the next two months. days, with the easing of the cold spell that the region has experienced recently. .
With two western disturbances, one on December 24 and the other on December 26, likely to influence northwest India, the IMD forecast rainfall for Delhi from December 26-28. A western disturbance is a storm from the Mediterranean region that brings winter precipitation to the northwest. India.
Air quality in Delhi is expected to remain in the “severe” or “very poor” category on Thursday, according to the Air Quality Early Warning System forecast. The AQI may also remain “very low” over the next couple of days.
The AQI has deteriorated over the past two days to reach the “severe” category. On Wednesday, the average 24-hour AQI in Delhi was 407, in the “severe” category, according to the Central Pollution Control Board. Also on Tuesday, Delhi recorded an AQI of 402, in the “severe” category.
Some stations recorded a 24-hour average AQI in the upper end of the “severe” category on Thursday morning. On a 24-hour average, the 9am AQI in Anand Vihar was 463, while the AQI in Jahangirpuri was 474. It was 465 in Wazirpur and 460 in Punjabi Bagh.
In Anand Vihar, the PM2.5 concentration peaked at 796 µg/m3 at 2 a.m. Thursday. That’s nearly 13 times the 24-hour standard of 60 µg/m3 for PM2.5.