Delhi residents on Tuesday woke up to strong winds across the city, increasing dust and affecting air quality. The India Meteorological Department said visibility in the national capital had been reduced to 1,000 metres. According to meteorologists, the reason for this smog is a combination of intense heat in northwest India over the past five days, arid soil due to no rain, and strong winds lasting from the second half of the year. night, news agency PTI reported.
In the early hours, winds were recorded at 30-35 km/h. IMD’s Head of Regional Forecasting Kuldeep Srivastava said wind speeds would only decrease during the day, which would allow the dust to settle.
The head of the Center for Research and Environmental Monitoring of IMD VK Soni said: “The concentration of dust has increased many times. The concentration of PM10 increased from 140 micrograms/m3 at 4 am to 775 micrograms/m3 at 8 am. The main reason is due to strong winds prevailing in the area, the dust will soon settle down,” PTI reported. The IMD said cloudy skies and very light rain in the evening could provide some relief.
According to available data, PM10 levels are really high at most stations while Gateway of India, Patparganj and Pusa recorded the worst AQI.
Experts say cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan is responsible for the dust in Delhi. Dust storms and light rain are caused by cyclone circulation in Northern Rajasthan. Over the next three to four days, the impact of this operation will be seen in phases for Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and parts of Punjab, India Today reports.
Over the past 4 days period, Delhi has seen its highest temperature surpass 40 degrees Celsius making hot weather conditions more intense and temperatures are expected to rise to 44 degrees Celsius this coming Sunday. . .