Delhi records minimum temperature of the season at 8 degree Celsius


Amid deteriorating air quality, the nation’s capital recorded its season low on Wednesday. Delhi recorded a temperature of 8 degrees Celsius, the lowest so far. The capital’s air quality index hovered around 237 on Wednesday, which was better than 255 on Tuesday.

Delhi’s air quality is expected to deteriorate to the “very poor” category by Friday due to decreasing wind speeds. The capital’s temperature is the lowest in nearly two years, the latest minimum temperature in Delhi was 6.2 degrees Celsius on November 23, 2020. The meteorological service further added that the capital’s maximum temperature has established at 27 degrees Celsius, or one notch. above normal.

The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) is closely monitoring pollution in Delhi and currently the Graduated Response Force (GRAP) Stage I and II guidelines are in place. The commission further added that at this time, it sees no need to invoke the GRAP Phase III guidelines.

On November 14, the CAQM lifted the guidelines for phase III of the GRAP with a view to improving the capital’s air quality.

Under Phase III guidelines, all construction and demolition activities except essential projects are prohibited. Brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers are also not allowed to operate in the capital during this period.

An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered “weak”, 301 to 400 as “very weak” and 401 to 500 as “severe”.

GRAP Stage 1 is activated when the AQI is in the “Low” category (201-300), Stage 2 is when it is in the “Very Low” category (301-400), Stage 3 is when the AQI is “Severe”. ‘ (401-450) and finally stage 4 is when it goes up to the category ‘Severe +’ (over 450).

With PTI entries

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