New Delhi (NVI): A thick blanket of dense fog engulfed Delhi and large parts of north India, which reduced the visibility to zero meters this morning, according to the IMD.
Taking to Twitter, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that, “Zero visibility shown over Delhi, Lucknow & Amritsar winds due to variable & calm lower level winds.”
This is the third time during this winter season that the visibility has dropped to zero meters in the national capital and neighbouring areas.
“Similar fog conditions are likely in the morning of January 17 as well. Visibility is likely to improve from 18th when a fresh spell of relatively stronger easterlies is likely over the plains of north India,” IMD tweeted.
Zero visibility shown over Delhi, Lucknow & Amritsar winds due to variable & calm lower level winds. Similar fog conditions are likely in the morning of 17th as well. Visibility is likely to improve from 18th when a fresh spell of relatively stronger easterlies is likely over the pic.twitter.com/x67AbZSBW4
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) January 16, 2021
The Met department also said that, the thick fog in the national capital region led to zero visibility in Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan, while the visibility dips to very poor at various centres including Singhu Border, Palam Vihar, Okhla Phase 2, Dhaula Kuan and Dwarka.
Meanwhile, the dense fog also led to a delay in at least 4 flights to and from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, while one flight has been cancelled due to the fog and low visibility.
The Met department further said that, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 6.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal today morning. “The Lodhi Road weather station recorded a minimum temperature of 5.8 degrees Celsius,” IMD said.
Apart from this, there was no improvement in the city’s air quality today which remained in the ‘severe’ category, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.
The city’s air quality index (AQI) was 436 at around 9 am. The 24-hour average AQI was 460 on Friday, 429 on Thursday, 354 on Wednesday, 293 on Tuesday, it added.