New Delhi, January 18: Dense fog engulfed Delhi and parts of North India on Saturday with mercury dipping below normal during morning hours. The fog conditions reduced visibility in many places and impacted air, train and road traffic. The national capital continued to reel under severe cold wave conditions with the minimum temperatures settling below normal at several places in the region. The air quality was recorded in 'moderate' category in several parts. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), dense to very dense fog was likely at many places for the next few days.
According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data, the major pollutants PM 2.5 was at 179 and PM 10 at 163, both in 'Moderate' category, in Safdarjung area on Saturday. An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous. Delhi Receives Light Showers Amid Winter Chills as Severe Cold Wave Continues to Grip North India, See Pics.
In Punjab and Haryana, Bathinda was the coldest place with a low of 1.2 degree Celsius on Friday while Sirsa in Haryana reeled under a low of 2.4 degree Celsius. Meanwhile, several northern states including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand are likely to receive snow/rain today due to the prevalence of Western Disturbance over central Pakistan and neighborhood, the IMD said. In its weather bulletin, the IMD said that a fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect the Western Himalayan Region and plains of northwest India from tonight and another one from January 20. I