Rainfall, in the next couple of days, may improve Delhi’s poor air quality. On Friday, Delhi’s air quality deteriorated and it was in a “very poor” category.

The overall air quality index (AQI) in the city was 348, which is considered as a “very poor” category, says Central Pollution Control Board. An AQI between 100 and 200 comes under ”moderate” category, 201 and 300 is considered ”poor”, 301 and 400 ”very poor”, and between 401 and 500 is considered ”severe”.

The CPCB said that 30 areas of the city recorded as “very poor” air quality. Mundka, ITO and Nehru Nagar recorded ”severe” air quality, while four areas were in “poor” air quality.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Ghaziabad, Faridabad, and Noida recorded ”very poor” air quality while Gurgaon recorded ”poor” air quality, it said.

The CPCB said that the overall PM2.5 level (fine particulate matter in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers) in Delhi was recorded at 247, while the PM10 level was at 396.

The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), forecasts that there is a possibility of light rainfall in the next two days which can bring an improvement in the air quality.

On Thursday, a powerful wind blow helped to cleanse the air.

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