Delhi Air Quality

What the Apple iPhone XS Can Do for the Delhi Air Quality Conundrum

Delhi Air Quality is expected to nosedive with winters around the corner and cracker combustions, crop burning are expected to add to the problem

With the arrival of October, the nippy atmosphere that Delhiites look forward to is back. After facing enduring extreme heat in summers, residents of Delhi do usually look forward to enjoying the chilly weather. However, Delhi has been facing a persistent problem during the winters over the past few years. Smog from vehicular pollution, crop burning in neighboring states and cracker combustion makes the city next to unlivable. This causes the people the city to constantly check Delhi Air Quality to see if they are breathing in pollutants in the area they are living in.

While Delhiites usually had to log on to websites like AQI, CCR and DPCR Air Data to check the accurate air quality index in Delhi, these websites are not exactly ‘mobile friendly’. Nonetheless, the new iOS 12 update may have fixed this problem for the owners of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and other iPhone devices that have updated their software.

The updated weather app of the iOS 12 now tracks the air quality index. Along with the general air quality feature, the “Air Quality Index” figure for the detected location is provided at the bottom of the day’s weather report automatically updated from external sources without the user having to log onto any website. Although there s no clarity from Apple as to where they get their data from, they usually display values from the ‘The Weather Channel’ that serves as the data source for weather related information.

The Real time National Air Quality Index (AQI) values are derived from different monitoring stations across India. The pollutants monitored are Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Ozone(O3), and so on.

An air quality index of 0 to 50 is good, 51 to hundred is moderate, 101 to 150 is unhealthy for those with conditions like asthma, 151 to 200 is unhealthy, 201 to 300 is very unhealthy, and anything over 300 is hazardous, according to AQICN.ORG. The air quality index Delhi, as of today, is 422.


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