Pune: Sudden rains and thundershowers are proving to be good news for citizens. Since the showers, there has been a gradual reduction in the air-pollution level, especially in the suspended particulate matter. There has been considerable amount of rains in the peripheral areas of the city in the past week, and the same is predicted for the next 48 hours too. “The maximum temperature has dropped from 40 degree Celsius to 36 degree Celsius on Sunday. Also, there is cloud formation forecast for evenings, which might cause rains in the next two days,” an official from Indian Meteorology Department said.
“The city air-pollution level was moderate to poor in most parts of the city in the last few months. In areas such as Shivaji Nagar and Bhosari, the particulate matter had crossed the maximum threshold level of 120 micro gram per cubic meter a couple of times. But as of today, the pollution has decreased and every pollutant is well between the threshold level of 60 to 120 micro grams per cubic meter. The Air Quality Index is within the acceptable range” said Guffran Baig, director of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).