The overall AQI of Uttar Pradesh was labelled as unhealthy with an average of 183 AQI through the day.
Lucknow finds its place in the top 5 most polluted cities in India, with depreciating air quality pegged at 338 units on Wednesday. This number is the second-highest in the state and fourth in the country, spelling danger for the overall health index of the city, in the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic which hampers the respiratory functions.
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Lucknow's depreciating air quality, the rising level of pollutants and dropping temperatures, gave rise to a smoggy haze that enveloped the city throughout the day. This was further accompanied by the balmy sun which pronounced the winter chills. Marked as 'hazardous', the rising numbers of AQI, warn the city and its people of concrete health repercussions, raising a sense of emergency and alarm in Lucknow.
Although the daytime temperature touched a maximum of 24°C with 6% cloud cover, the day mostly remained cold. Night temperatures in the city of Lucknow, are expected to fall to 11°C, accompanied by a moderate haze, allowing visibility up to 1 km.
Besides Shamli and Lucknow, which recorded 679 AQI and 338 AQI respectively, Chandauli, Jaunpur and Mirzapur followed them with 258 AQI each, deemed as 'very unhealthy'. The overall AQI of Uttar Pradesh was labelled as unhealthy with an average of 183 AQI through the day.
The falling mercury in addition to dropping air quality along with rising air pressure in the city of Lucknow is developing a conducive environment for the spread of the coronavirus infection. We request all our readers to keep a check on their outings. A face mask at this point is the need of the hour; the only weapon and precaution against multiple respiratory problems!