Delhi wakes up to a chilly morning with the minimum temperature settling at 5 degree Celsius and the maximum temperatures of the city hover around 22 degrees Celsius. Also, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city will witness strong surface winds during the day time.
The overall air quality in Delhi stood in the 'very poor' category on Wednesday with the Air Quality Index (AQI) docking at 319, said Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
Capital's popular market place Chandni Chowk witnessed a 'severe' AQI of 393 while Mathura road saw 381. Adjoining Uttar Pradesh's Noida recorded 'very poor' air quality with the AQI standing at 328. An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.
The PM10 and PM2.5 levels in Delhi touched 145 and 276 respectively. The SAFAR has advised 'sensitive groups' to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion when the air quality is not good.
"People are advised to take more breaks and do less intense activities. It is advisable for the asthmatics to keep medicines ready if symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath occur. Heart patients, see the doctor, if get palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue," it stated in its advisory.