By: Pune Pulse
November 9, 2023.
Pune: The PM 2.5 level in the city witnessed a significant decrease, leading to a slight improvement in air quality, all thanks to the occurrence of light rainfall. On Wednesday, certain areas of the city, namely Katraj, Khadakwasla, Kothrud, and Sinhagad Road, experienced drizzle.
According to data from the Central Pollution Control Board, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Pune reached a level of 110 at 6 p.m., with PM 10 and PM 2.5 levels recorded at 104 and 66 respectively until 8 p.m. During the same period on Tuesday, the AQI was approximately 146.
As per the information provided, the decrease in air pollution was attributed to the fluctuating weather conditions by weather department officials and experts. Cloudy weather in South and Central Maharashtra, caused by the formation of a low-pressure area over the Arabian Sea near Konkan and adjoining areas, also affected Pune and is expected to persist until November 11.
According to an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), there is a possibility of very light rainfall in various parts of the city. On November 8, the city experienced scattered instances of very light rainfall.
Anupam Kashyapi, the head of the weather and forecasting division at IMD Pune informed, that the interior part of Maharashtra will experience isolated light to moderate rainfall from 8-10 November due to moisture incursion from southeasterly winds from the Arabian Sea. Meanwhile, districts such as Raigad, Pune, Ahmadnagar, Osmanabad, Latur, and Beed are expected to receive drizzle or very light rainfall on November 8 and November 9.
According to the data provided by IMD, the maximum temperature recorded at Shivaji Nagar on Wednesday was 29.5 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature was 21.4 degrees Celsius, which was 5.7 degrees Celsius higher. Additionally, the wind speed at Shivaji Nagar was measured at 3.7040 kilometers per hour (KMPH).