Fog delays 9 Delhi-bound trains, air quality turns severe
Delhiites woke up to a cold winter morning on Sunday (January 13) as fog engulfed most parts of the national capital.
While temperatures rose marginally in the Delhi-NCR, there has been no improvement in air quality which has now become severe in parts of the national capital.
No rain was recorded yesterday as predicted by the weather department but deteriorating wind velocity has led to a dip in the air quality index (AQI). It was recorded severe in many parts of Delhi-NCR on Saturday.
The minimum temperature recorded over the past 24 hours in Delhi is lower than 7 degree Celsius.
According to data from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), isolated dense fog likely to occur over parts of northwest India in the morning hours during next two days. Fresh rainfall and snow in Jammu and Kashmir and parts of North India may also lead to a drop in mercury later on in the day.
At least 9 trains scheduled to arrive at Delhi railway station have been delayed due to dense fog covering. Several flights are also expected to be delayed due to low visibility conditions in the national capital and surrounding regions.
Nine trains to Delhi running late due to fog/ low visibility. pic.twitter.com/0qqwEhrEIVANI (@ANI) January 13, 2019
A number of airlines have issued advisories on their respective Twitter handles to inform customers that there could be delays in places such as Delhi and Bengaluru due to fog and low visibility.
Meanwhile, the air quality index in the national capital has also been recorded at very poor-severe by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
The overall PM10 level has been recorded at 417 while PM2.5 has been recorded at 240. However, the air pollution index has turned severe in parts of the national capital region.
The air quality is expected to deteriorate tomorrow with deteriorating wind speeds. The AQI is expected to touch severe category in more parts of Delhi-NCR tomorrow.