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Thick Layer Of Fog Engulfs Delhi NCR, Several Flights Delayed

The AQI scale categorizes air quality as 'good,' 'satisfactory,' 'moderate,' 'poor,' 'very poor,' and 'severe.'

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Feb 12, 2024 08:15 IST
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Thick Layer Of Fog Engulfs Delhi NCR
Thick Layer Of Fog Engulfs Delhi NCR

As of 6:30 in the morning on Monday, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) was in the ‘very poor’ category. The AQI scale ranges from ‘good’ to ‘severe,’ and Delhi’s current reading raises concerns.

Safdurjung observatory, Delhi’s base station, witnessed the minimum temperature of 9 degree Celsius, 0.4 degrees above the normal for this time of the year, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

On the other hand, the minimum temperature at Palam observatory at 11 degree Celsius, 0.2 degree above the average for the season, IMD said.

Weather forecast by IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts a mainly clear sky during the day, becoming partly cloudy at night. The maximum temperature is expected to reach around 25 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature may drop to about 8 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Flight delays at IGI Airport

Low visibility due to thick fog led to several flight delays at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on Monday. Travelers are advised to check for updates and plan accordingly.

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Maximum temperature above average

On Sunday, Delhi experienced a maximum temperature of 24.6 degrees Celsius, slightly above the seasonal average. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported this information.

Low temperature and ‘Very Poor’ Air Quality

Sunday’s morning low was recorded at 7 degrees Celsius. Despite the relatively low temperature, the air quality index remained in the ‘very poor’ category, causing concerns about pollution levels.

Humidity fluctuations

Throughout the day on Sunday, humidity levels in Delhi ranged from 100 percent to 38 percent, as reported by news agency PTI. These fluctuations may have contributed to the challenging weather conditions.

AQI level in ‘Very Poor’ category

As of 6:30 in the morning on Monday, Delhi’s AQI remained in the ‘very poor’ category. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded a reading of 313 at 6 pm on Sunday, indicating significant pollution levels.

Scale of AQI

The AQI scale categorizes air quality as ‘good,’ ‘satisfactory,’ ‘moderate,’ ‘poor,’ ‘very poor,’ and ‘severe.’ Delhi’s current ‘very poor’ rating raises concerns about the city’s environmental conditions.

Weather forecast for the week

IMD forecast

According to the IMD forecast, the maximum temperature in Delhi is expected to range between 24-26 degrees Celsius throughout the week. Meanwhile, the minimum temperature will hover around 8–11 degrees Celsius. Residents and travelers are advised to stay updated on weather conditions.

First published on: Feb 12, 2024 08:15 AM IST

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