New Delhi, As a thick blanket of smoke and haze gripped the national capital on Friday morning, the air quality worsened and is now classified in the ‘severe’ category, the Air Quality Index (AQI) crossed the 450 mark around 10 am, said the India Metrological Department(IMD).
In its morning bulletin, IMD said, “the air quality over Delhi-NCT is likely to remain in the upper end of very poor to a severe category on November 12 and 13. whereas the air quality is likely to remain in the upper end of very poor category on November 14.”
“Slow winds during day times and calm winds during evening/night are extremely unfavorable for dispersion of pollutants. The unfavorable meteorological conditions are likely to prevail for next five days,” said the IMD.
The air quality is likely to be in the ‘upper end of very poor’ to ‘severe’ category for the next two days, According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, (SAFAR).
The agency said the effective fire count reduced to 3914 on Friday whereas the share of crop residue burning is about 26 pc in PM2.5.