As of Wednesday, January 16, temperatures dropped to 4.5°C (39°F) in the capital New Delhi due to severe cold winds; a fog was also reported in the morning (local time), delaying at least ten New Delhi-bound trains. Meanwhile, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the capital city remains worrying as of Wednesday morning, reaching the 333 mark ('very poor' category). The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts that temperature may drop further on January 17, anticipating persisting inclement weather conditions around New Delhi for the next three days.
For the Indian health authorities, AQI between 0-50 is considered "good," between 51-100 "satisfactory," between 101-200 "moderate," between 201-300 "poor," between 301-400 "very poor," and between 401-500 "severe", and beyond 500 is considered severe plus emergency.
Individuals in the Delhi region are advised to monitor updates to the air quality index and avoid outdoor activities. Children and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise additional caution. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.
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