After clear weather for the past few days, Delhi witnessed impenetrable fog from this Wednesday — its first of the season — with a sharp dip in temperature this bring a chill to the air. Visibility across the national capital, as well as National Capital Region, reduced noticeably, slowing down the movement of vehicles on streets now.
The minimum temperature recorded in the morning was 9.7 degrees Celsius, which is touted as lowest so far of this season. The maximum temperature for the day is likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius.
Flight operations have been affected at Delhi and Lucknow airport due to this massive mist. So far 18 flights and 50 trains have been delayed or rescheduled. 13 flights have been diverted from Delhi’s IGI airport as season’s first fog affected the national capital.
According to MET department, the temperature would decrease further in the coming days as right now the level of the fog is increasing. Pollution levels are also expected to point out as the post-Diwali celebration the metro city also sees immense smoke and fog throughout the months.
After a short-lived respite from hazy days, the Delhites now woke up to see the Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) dark chill fog which eventually reduced visibility on the streets.
“I am not able to see the cars right ahead of me. India Gate is still far off,” said Uber driver Anil, while trying to drive and when he was stuck in the traffic in the fog-covered city.
The dense fog in the city is the reason to the delayed of the domestic flights from Delhi airport g. Air India officials, however, assured that there is no reason to panic.
“Due to the fog, air service is still not affected,” they said.
However, with visibility dropping to around 300m at Safdarjung and 125m at Palam, so it is possible that some flights may be diverted, they added further.
An official at the India Meteorological Department said that though the runway visibility at the Indira Gandhi International Airport had hit 200 m earlier on Wednesday, since then it has been improved. “The reading in the next hour will be much better,” he said.
Weather experts from the Regional Meteorological Centre had predicted that dense fog will continue to persist in the parts of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi NCR over the next few days in speed till the direction of the winds will be changed.
Wind speeds in the mean time; have been reduced radically over the last few days, with the highest wind speed recorded at 6kmph on Tuesday. The wind is now more likely to blow from east and northeast directions starting November 30th and it will continue till December 3rd.
The changing winds are anticipated to bring more moisture in, vice versa it will reduce the visibility of the Delhi city as well as the entire region, according to a scientist at the Regional Meteorological Centre.
“The dispersion of aerosols will also reduce and consequently shallow to moderate fog is likely to occur at many places over UP (and Delhi NCR), with isolated dense fog episodes over the next four days,” the scientist stated to media on Tuesday.
Experts have also predicted this fog could turn into the deadlier smog as pollution level of the city will be increased with this dark mist. The Air Quality Index in areas like Kashmere Gate, Anand Vihar, Punjabi Bagh, Shadipur, Mandir Marg, Shantipath, Lodi Colony and RK Puram all crossed 400 this morning as per a report published in the Hindustan Times. The level of air pollution in these areas known as “severe,” and the air is suggested to affected the health badly also.
The scientist said that after December 4 the winds from the east are expected to cease, and visibility will be apparently increased. “However, mist/shallow fog will continue to occur in the mornings as the wind will remain calm,” he added.
Delhi residents can expect the minimum temperature to be around 8-10 degrees Celsius in the next few days, with no significant change will take place and it will continue to be around 28-30 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature on Wednesday is said to be 29 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature will be 10 degrees Celsius, according to the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC).
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