Delhi’s air quality likely to worsen because of dense fog; flight services disrupted
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New Delhi: The national capital on Wednesday witnessed dense fog and the foggy conditions are expected to continue for the next several days.
“Shallow to moderate fog is very likely at isolated pockets over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, northern parts of West Bengal and moderate to dense fog at isolated places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, southern Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during 2-3 days,” said a forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday night.
Delhi is expected to witness dense to shallow fog over the next several days. Several flights were also delayed at the Delhi airport on Wednesday morning due to dense fog.
As per the forecast, dense fog is expected across the city on Thursday as well, while both Friday and Saturday will see moderate fog.
On Sunday, while the fog is expected to be shallow, the minimum temperature is expected to reach 9 degrees Celsius.
Unfortunately, fog is expected to worsen the air quality of the city which has already touched “severe” levels at many places.
Severe is the air quality level when even healthy people get affected with respiratory problems and those with existing diseases are seriously impacted.
For instance, as per the air quality monitoring data of the Central Pollution Control Board, places like Anand Vihar, ITO, R.K. Puram and Punjabi Bagh witnessed severe levels of pollution on Wednesday morning.