The air quality in the Delhi-National Capital Region improved significantly two days after Diwali on Monday, with rainfall and a favourable wind speed, according to the Central Pollution Control Board.

The 24-hour average air quality index in the Capital at 4 pm on Monday was 221, which falls in the “poor” category. This was a drastic improvement from Sunday morning, when Delhi’s AQI was at 467, indicating “severe” conditions that pose a risk of respiratory problems.

The average 24-hour AQI at 4 pm on Monday was 243 in Noida, 246 in Gurgaon, 207 in Ghaziabad and 186 in Faridabad, according to CPCB. At 5 pm on Sunday, both Noida and Gurugram had registered an air quality in the “severe” category. The AQI was 448 at Noida’s Sector 62, while in Gugugram’s Vikas Sadan it stood at 403.

As of 7 am on Tuesday, Delhi’s AQI was 161, which was in the “moderate” category. The prominent pollutants were PM 2.5 and PM 10. However, a blanket of haze was visible on the Delhi-Noida Direct flyway on Tuesday morning.

According to CPCB’s air quality index or AQI, any reading above 100...

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