Delhi smog to continue on Friday as well
New Delhi: Dense smog continued to engulf Delhi for a third day on Thursday and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a similar situation for Friday.
The visibility was 200 metres in the morning, but it improved gradually to 800 metres by 5.30pm. “The maximum temperature was recorded at 30.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal,” an IMD official said. Humidity levels oscillated between 98% and 31%. Shallow fog has been predicted in some areas for Friday morning but a possibility of dense smog in few other areas.
“The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle at 30 and 14 degrees Celsius,” the official added. A choking blanket of smog enveloped the national capital this week, prompting authorities to announce closure of schools till Sunday and a four-fold hike in parking fees among a series of sweeping measures.
A “pollution emergency” prevailed in Delhi for the third straight day on Thursday as the toxic cloud of smog kept the city shrouded, a situation which is likely to persist for another 48 hours.