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“Noida’s Air Quality Shows Marginal Improvement, Remains in ‘Poor’ Category at AQI 220”

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Despite a slight improvement, Noida’s air quality lingered in the ‘poor’ category with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 220 on Wednesday, compared to the previous day’s 235. Greater Noida recorded an AQI of 232, and Ghaziabad’s AQI was 230, showing fluctuations from Tuesday’s levels of 274 and 192, respectively.

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data pinpointed Sector 62 as the most affected area with an AQI of 239. Other sectors, including Sector 1 (AQI 223), Sector 125 (AQI 221), and Sector 116 (AQI 202), contributed to the overall air quality scenario. In Greater Noida, Knowledge Park V station marked an AQI of 246, while Knowledge Park III stood at 214. Ghaziabad’s Loni reported the highest AQI at 258, followed by Vasundhara (AQI 244) and Indirapuram (AQI 228), all falling into the ‘poor’ category. Sanjay Nagar, however, had a ‘moderate’ reading at 194.

The Central Government’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar) predicts that the air quality is likely to remain ‘poor’ on Thursday, attributed to low wind speed. The prevailing surface wind from the northwest direction in Delhi-NCR, with a speed of 6–10 kmph, is expected to contribute to the persisting conditions.

On the meteorological front, Noida recorded a maximum temperature of 25.8 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 10.4 degrees on Wednesday. Ghaziabad’s temperatures were slightly lower, with a maximum of 23.7 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 13.2 degrees. Residents can anticipate waking up to shallow to moderate fog on Thursday, while the sky is expected to clear later in the day.

Recent articles highlight the ongoing air quality challenges in the region, with AQI levels fluctuating between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ categories. Ghaziabad experienced an AQI of 270, while Noida and Greater Noida showed marginal improvements with AQIs of 322 and 324, respectively. The situation is expected to persist, posing concerns about the air quality in the coming days.