Smog covers Delhi on Saturday


New Delhi, Nov 5: Delhiites are facing a clear morning with shallow fog lowing down the visibility to 200 metres in the national capital, the forecast department said.

“Visibility at 5.30 a.m. was 400 metres but at 8.30 a.m., it went down to 200 metres at Safdarjung area,” an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Wind speed was 6 km per hour in the morning and the humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 98 per cent.

According to the IMD, the minimum temperature settled at 15.4 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season’s average. The maximum temperature is expected to reach near 31 degrees Celsius.

The smog situation during the day is likely to remain poor, the weather office concluded.

“The sky will mainly remain clear during the day,” an official of IMD said.

The visibility due to fog in the Friday morning was 800 metres at Safdarjung airport while the same was 400 metres on Thursday.

The national capital is witnessing alarming situation over high pollution after Diwali mainly due to paddy burning in neighbouring states and calm winds which failed to disperse the air pollutants.

Friday’s maximum temperature settled at 31.4 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season’s average while the minimum temperature was recorded at 14.5 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the season.

Read More at: Delhi MCD schools to remain closed on Saturday over alarming pollution

 Wefornews Bureau

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