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Warm weather may keep pollution levels low: Experts

26 October 2011

MUMBAI:The air pollution levels this Diwali may be low as the prevailing meteorological conditions are more favourable to dispersion of pollutants, suggest experts.

 For the next two days, the city will see mainly clear skies with the maximum temperature expected to be around 36°C. “It will continue to be hot. Humidity will be low, around 50 to 60 per cent during the day and will drop to 40-50 per cent in the evening,” said Ajay Kumar, meteorologist, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Experts say such conditions of heat and low humidity with strong winds support good dispersion of toxic pollutants. “Pollutants released by firecrackers taper off due to climactic conditions. If you have strong winds during the night and day, and the humidity is low, the tapering off will happen quickly. If there is no wind and it is humid, the pollutants will stay in the air longer,” said Dr Rakesh Kumar, head, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Mumbai……

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/warm-weather-may-keep-pollution-levels-low-experts/865488/

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October 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

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