Delhi-NCR To Witness Dense Fog For Next 2 Days, India Meteorological Department declares Orange Alert

India Meteorological Department has issued an Orange Alert for Delhi-NCR as the city is going to be engulfed in dense fog for the next two days.

Mamta Raut

December 14, 2020

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The Capital of India, Delhi will witness dense fog for the next two days. The news was confirmed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) as they issued an Orange Alert for the Delhi-NCR region. However, the light rainfall witnessed in the national capital and its neighbouring areas on Saturday, December 12 failed to both bring down the temperature and clear the air. At Safdarganj, temperature of 11.5 degree Celsius was recorded on Sunday, December 13. This is a few degrees above the season’s normal temperature in the capital. At this time of the year, the capital’s temperature is around 9 degrees Celsius.

Visibility was affected for nearly three hours in the early morning on Sunday due to the dense fog, which also resulted in the delay of flight operations as well. As per a report presented in a leading daily, the IMD stated visibility was as low as 100 metres between 7-10 am at Palam, while at Safdarganj it was about 200 metres during the same time frame. The IMD has also reportedly stated that the dense fog will continue to affect the national capital for the next two days.

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Kuldeep Srivastava, a scientist at the India Meteorological Department and the head of Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC) in Delhi, revealed that the fog was witnessed twice. While the first one occurred at 2 am wherein the visibility was about 150 metres, another one ensued at 7 am.

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“At Palam, the visibility dropped to around 100 metres and it remained like that until 10 am. At Safdarganj, it was around 200 metres. We can expect similar conditions on Monday too. All conditions are ideal for another spell of dense fog,” said Srivastava. While doing so, he also added that there was an adequate amount of moisture present in the air. However, the overall air quality of the stated was termed to be in the ‘very poor’ category reading on CPCB’s index.

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