New Delhi: The air quality in Delhi has shown improvement from ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’ category following the mild showers in the capital city on Tuesday night. The light rainfall accompanied by a thunderstorm on Tuesday night had brought the mercury down beside improving the air quality of Delhi which had been reeling under severe air pollution during the last few days.

A maximum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 13 degrees Celsius is forecast for Delhi on Wednesday. A rainfall measuring 0.5 mm was recorded in the Safdarjung observatory in the city during the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the weather department officials have predicted overcast skies, light showers accompanied by thunder today.

The Particulate Matter (PM 10) level on Wednesday was recorded at 289 which falls under ‘poor’ category, while the PM 2.5 level was recorded at 325 which falls under ‘very poor’ category on Air Quality Index (AQI) at Lodhi road, stated news agency ANI. Despite the poor air quality, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) removed the ban on the entry of heavy vehicles into Delhi on Tuesday. Heavy vehicles were granted the permission to ply in the city on normal timings between 11 PM to 6 AM.

The EPCA has also directed that all the construction activities in the city should be conducted only during the daytime. On Monday, the EPCA had warned of imposing a total ban on the use of non-CNG private as well as commercial vehicles if the Delhi air quality continues to deteriorate. Vice president of Skymet Weather Mahesh Palawat tweeted that with the onset of dry winds from Northwest direction, Delhi may witness a relief from November 16 onwards.

An Air Quality Index (AQI) between 0 and 50 falls under “good”, 51 and 100 is considered “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.

(With Agency Inputs)