With rising pollution in the national capital, resulting in a dense toxic smog blanketing the city, hampering normal breathing of people in Delhi, Meteorological centre showed a slight ray of hope, asserting that there are probabilities that there might be slight change in the situation from Monday afternoon and gradually after that.
Citing that change in weather plays a huge role in the formation of smog in the city, officials said, while usually the pollutants get dispersed by the northwesterly winds, this year the wind being a shifted in a northeasterly direction, helped particulate matter accumulate over Delhi and its adjacent areas.
The capital city had been facing air pollution at its worst ever, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Sunday at 497, even worse than the post-Diwali AQI, which was 445. The Central Pollution Control Board had cited the variable pattern of the wind for the highest concentration of dust accumulated in the city in the last 24 hours.
Dense pollutants, including dust and smoke had blanketed the city with dense smog resulting in low visibility through the day. The visibility at the Indira Gandhi International airport area was 100m in the morning and 700m during day time.
The Regional Meteorological Department, however, assured that things might get slightly better from Monday as there possibilities of wind speed picking up from the afternoon.