Minimum temp rises in Delhi, IMD predicts dense fog

at 12:12 pm
north India
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New Delhi (NVI): The minimum temperature in Delhi rose one notch above normal and settled at 6.7 degrees Celsius this morning, a respite from the shivers due to the cold wave in the national capital, according to the IMD.

The India Meteorological Department said that the increase in the minimum temperature was witnessed due to the partly cloudy weather over the skies of Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).

IMD added that the national capital also witness ‘moderate’ fog, which lowered the visibility to 201 metres at Safdarjung observatory and 300 metres at Palam observatory today morning.

The Met department weather bulletin further predicted ‘dense fog’ in parts of the national capital on Saturday.

“Dense to very dense fog at few pockets over of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, during next 2 days,” it added.

The Met department said that, “Cold and dry northerly winds from the western Himalayas brought the minimum temperature down in Delhi on Thursday. The wind direction then changed to northeasterly. This, along with partly cloudy weather, resulted in an increase in the minimum temperature on Friday.”

IMD weather bulletin also reported dense and very dense fog from north Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Assam and Tripura at 5:30 am in the morning.

On Friday, the Safdarjung observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a minimum of 2 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal and it was 3.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

Apart from this, the air quality in Delhi-NCR was recorded in the severe category today morning as city woke up to an extreme fog and poor visibility.

Delhi’s overall air quality index was reported at 462 by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) at around 11 am, falling in the ‘severe’ category.