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India: Cold weather, high pollution to continue across northern India /update 2

Low temperatures are forecast to persist across northern India for coming weeks, along with poor air quality

06 Dec 09:11 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 12/6/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/17/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Calcutta). COUNTRY/REGION Dehli, India, India
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Event

Cold weather, along with poor air quality, is forecast to continue across northern India for the coming weeks. Delhi is expected to experience low temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) and lower through much of December. Reduced air quality is also likely to continue for much of the northern areas of the country, including Delhi, Kolkata, and Jaipur, as fuels are burned for heat. Delhi and Kolkata are currently recording hazardous levels of air pollution, with Air Quality Index (AQI) ratings at 531 and 648, respectively. Very poor to unhealthy levels are predicted to persist through Sunday, December 9.

Context

Northern India is experiencing high levels of air pollution. AQI is measured using PM10 and PM2.5 indices, which measure particulate levels 10 or 2.5 micrometers in diameter.

Advice

Individuals in India are advised to monitor local air quality and weather reports and avoid unnecessary outdoor or strenuous activity. Children and those with respiratory illnesses should exercise additional caution. Do not hesitate to seek medical condition if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.

 

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