The temperature in Delhi drops below 15 degrees, the air quality in the “poor” category

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The drastic change in weather conditions in the northern states of India took people by surprise. The late retreat of the monsoons has resulted in a significant drop in temperatures over the past week, especially in the nation’s capital.

A glimpse of Delhi’s winters was experienced by the nation’s capital this morning as the minimum temperature fell below 15 degrees Celsius, which is only a few notches below the expected temperature at this time.

The temperature in Delhi is expected to drop further over the next few days, due to cold winds from the northwestern Himalayas, government agencies say. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded a maximum temperature of 28.5 degrees Celsius in Delhi today, which is slightly below normal.

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According to the agency’s latest weather forecast, Delhi’s minimum temperature will likely drop even further this evening, due to the prevailing weather conditions in northern India. IMD also said the minimum temperature will drop below 13 degrees Celsius by November 1.

As the temperature drops in Delhi, the air quality in the nation’s capital is also deteriorating day by day. The forecasting agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, SAFAR, said today that PM10 pollutants are in the moderate category and PM2.5 in the poor category in Delhi.

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SAFAR forecasts further suggest that air quality is expected to deteriorate further to the “very poor” category over the next three days. Today, Delhi’s average air quality index (AQI) is between 272 and 280, falling into the “poor” category after being “moderate” for a few days.

The main reason for the deteriorating air quality in Delhi is thatch burning and farm fires in neighboring states. SAFAR revealed that 656 farm fires were recorded in the northwestern region of Delhi a few days ago, which brought the share of smoke in the city’s pollution to 16%.

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