Delhi breathes clean air in almost a year as monsoon arrives

Women walk past a puddle of water at Rajpath after a short spell of rain in New Delhi on Thursday. Pre-monsoon showers hit the capital this week, with light rain on Monday and Tuesday and heavier showers on Wednesday.

Neighbourhood News Desk: With the arrival of the monsoon, the air in Delhi on Thursday was the cleanest since September last year. Air Quality Index (AQI) value for the capital was a ‘satisfactory’ 76 at 4 pm on Thursday. It touched the ‘satisfactory’ level on Wednesday following heavy pre-monsoon showers. The last time Delhiites breathed air so clean was nine months ago.

Depending on AQI values, air quality is classified as good, satisfactory, moderate, poor, very poor and severe. Pre-monsoon showers hit the capital this week, with light rain on Monday and Tuesday and heavier showers on Wednesday. On Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared that the monsoon had reached most parts of northern India. The rains are expected to cover the whole country in the next two to three days, according to the IMD.

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