Delhi battles cold wave at 3.8 degrees, air quality drops to ‘severe’

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New Delhi, Dec 31: A cold wave continued to sweep through Delhi on Monday as the national capital recorded a temperature of 3.8 degrees Celsius today, three notches below the season’s average.

“There was shallow to moderate fog in the morning along with dense fog in some parts of Delhi. The sky will remain clear with no chance of rainfall. Later in the evening, there will be haze and mist,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

Meanwhile, the pollution level went up to ‘severe’ from ‘very poor’ with the air quality index being at 413, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The major air pollutants were PM 2.5 and PM 10.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 100 per cent.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 22 degrees Celsius, the season’s average, while the day’s minimum will remain around 4 degrees Celsius.

Delhi has been reeling under a cold wave for the past a few days. According to IMD, the cold wave condition is likely to continue for the next 2-3 days.

On Sunday, the maximum temperature settled at 22.9 degrees Celsius, two notches above season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 3 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season’s average.


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