Delhi's air quality turns 'severe', worst AQI on Diwali in 4 years
With many Delhiites ignoring the cracker ban in the city, the AQI was recorded as 414 – in the severe category. This was the worst AQI in the city since 2016 on Diwali. Improvement is expected starting the second half of Sunday, with light rain expected. Wind direction is expected to change to south easterly, reducing the impact of farm fires on Delhi’s air.
The city recorded a 24-hour average AQI of 337 on Diwali last year (October 27), and 368 and 400 in the next two days. Thereafter, pollution levels remained in the “severe” category for three days in a row.