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Fresh air for Delhiites amid lockdown

According to the System of Air Quality and and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), New Delhi experienced its best air quality over the weekend, recording an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 45 on Saturday and 47 on Sunday. Both of these are categorised as "good air" days, a first for 2020.

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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2020, 08.48 AM IST
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On Sunday, the PM2.5 level has also plummeted to 31 in Lodhi Road, the India Meteorological Department said.
New Delhi: Amidst the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, citizens across India's capital are breathing much better due to a huge dip in air pollutants.

According to the System of Air Quality and and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), New Delhi experienced its best air quality over the weekend, recording an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 45 on Saturday and 47 on Sunday. Both of these are categorised as "good air" days, a first for 2020. The AQI in the capital stood at 159 just a week ago. The huge improvement in air quality is due to the lack of both road and air traffic, per scientists.

Another factor has been the high on-ground surface wind speed, which is also bringing the National Capital Region some unseasonal rainfall. Two weeks ago, parts of NCR also experienced sever hailstorms.

On Sunday, the PM2.5 level has also plummeted to 31 in Lodhi Road, the India Meteorological Department said. The same reading in Gurugram was 36, 26 in Chandni Chowk, and 50 in Noida.
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