Pollution spikes on hottest summer day

The Capital experienced one of its hottest days so far this summer on Wednesday with the minimum temperature rising to 34 degrees Celsius, six degrees above normal.

Dust-laden hot winds added to woes of Delhiites as air quality deteriorated beyond the “severe” level.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 41.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. Humidity in the evening oscillated between 52% and 33, said a Met Department official.

The weatherman has forecast strong dust-raising surface winds on Thursday.

The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle around 41 and 33 degrees Celsius respectively.

The Supreme Court-appointed watchdog EPCA has issued an advisory to the chief secretaries of States in the NCR asking them to take “urgent steps” to control dust pollution, officials said.

‘Monitoring situation’

EPCA (Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority) member Sunita Narain said, “We are monitoring the situation and may impose ‘severe plus’ guidelines on Thursday if things do not improve.”

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) also convened an urgent meeting of the Task Force regarding implementation of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) and issued necessary directions to contain local dust sources.

The Met department has said that dusty conditions are likely to prevail in the city for the next three days.

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