Weather Forecast today HIGHLIGHTS: A day after the air quality in the Delhi-NCR region improved to ‘satisfactory’ levels for the first time in two months, it is likely to deteriorate to ‘poor’ on Saturday due to a change in wind direction and drop in wind speed, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) predicted. At present, Delhi’s air is at 108 on the Air Quality Index (AQI), which falls in the ‘moderate’ category.
According to SAFAR, the rains and favourable wind speed over the last three days brought the air quality down to an AQI of 84 at 4 pm on Friday, the best reading since October 5, when it was 98. Weather experts said slow wind speed (6-8 kilometre per hour) would lead to a dip in the air quality on Saturday but no drastic deterioration is expected. The wind direction is northwesterly but the share of farm fires in Delhi’s pollution would have only been around six per cent on Friday as stubble burning has almost come to an end, they said.
Meanwhile, active easterly wave conditions over the south peninsula are likely to bring widespread rainfall in Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during the next 48 hours, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin on Saturday. Heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places over Kerala, South Interior Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep during till Monday.