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    Delhi’s maximum temperature fixed at 22.7 degrees Celsius, air quality ‘very bad’


    Tuesday’s cold morning gave way to a sunny afternoon in Delhi where the maximum temperature settled at 22.7 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 7.5 degrees Celsius, one step below the seasonal average, the Meteorological Department said.

    The city’s Palam Observatory recorded a low of 10.5 degrees Celsius and a high of 22 degrees Celsius. On Sunday, the national capital recorded a seasonal low of 6.4 degrees Celsius so far, weather officials said.

    On Wednesday the sky will be partly cloudy and in the morning there will be shallow fog. The maximum and minimum temperatures could last around 23 degrees Celsius and seven degrees Celsius, respectively, they said. On Tuesday, humidity levels ranged from 97 percent to 47 percent, the weather office added.

    The city’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) stood at 367 at 4pm, which fell into the ‘too bad’ category, declining to 331 since Monday. AQI (359), Ghaziabad (324), Gurugram (306) and Noida (332) in the vicinity of Faridabad were recorded in the ‘very poor’ category. Greater Noida AQI stands at 284 (poor category).

    An AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 are considered ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 are considered ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 are considered ‘poor’, 301 and 400 are considered ‘very bad’ and 401 and 500 are considered ‘severe’ .

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