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Cold and fog in Delhi, temperature drops to 1.1 degrees, visibility drops to zero

At dawn on Friday, Safdarjung, the capital, was covered in thick yards on New Year’s Day. Visibility has reached close to zero in many parts of the city due to dense fog. This is the lowest temperature in 14 years before it recorded 0.2 degrees Celsius in 2006 at 8 years.

Kuldeep Srivastava, regional head of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Delhi, said the minimum temperature was recorded at the Safdarjung Observatory in the capital on Friday morning.

Visibility was recorded at 6 a.m. due to very dense fog. Currently the visibility of Palam and Safdarjung is less than 200 meters. The minimum temperature will be four degrees Celsius and the maximum 19 degrees Celsius, the IMD said on Friday.

Read more: Winter will increase in Delhi, UP and Haryana, 5 days rain and hail forecast

The IMD, in its daily bulletin issued on the evening of December 31, said that the cold snap situation in various parts of Delhi is in critical condition in the next two days. With this, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) on Friday morning ranged from ‘extremely poor’ to ‘severe’. AQI shows that the level of pollution in ITO is 388

Notably, AQI is ‘good’ between 0 and 50, ‘satisfactory’ between 51 and 100, ‘normal’ between 101 and 200, ‘bad’ between 201 and 300, and ‘very bad’ between 301 and 400. 401 to 500 are considered in the ‘severe’ category.

A new active western instability is likely to affect the western Himalayan region and surrounding plains from 3 January. There is also a possibility of light rain in Delhi and adjoining areas from January 3 to January 5 due to the impact of western disturbances.

Read more: Western Disturbance Impact behind the cool run in ‘Nina’ and Delhi-NCR


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