Visibility Below 100 Metres As Dense Fog Engulfs Delhi, 20 Trains Delayed

Delhi weather: The city is likely to witness moderate to-dense fog for the next 48 hours, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Visibility Below 100 Metres As Dense Fog Engulfs Delhi, 20 Trains Delayed

A layer of fog engulfs the national capital early this morning. (ANI)

New Delhi:

A thick blanket of fog engulfed the national capital early this morning affecting rail and flight operations as visibility dropped below 100 metres. Conditions on the city roads were no different as vehicles were seen moving at low speeds with emergency lights on.

"The visibility was nearly zero. I had to switch on emergency lights of my car as I commuted for work," said Anuj Srivastava, who works at a firm in Noida near Delhi. He said it took him close to two hours to reach his workplace, which is around 30 kms from his home in west Delhi.

Mahesh Palawat, a top official at weather agency Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, tweeted that visibility at Palam airport was below 100 metres.

Vistara has also asked its passengers to check updated status of their flights before leaving for airport.

Visibility was reduced to 50 metres in Palam at 5.30 am, a MeT Department official said.

At least 20 Delhi-bound trains were delayed due to fog in several parts of Northern India, news agency IANS said, quoting railway officials.

Puri-New Delhi Purushottan Express and Sealdah-Amritsar Express were running behind schedule by 5 hours,it said.

The fog is expected to disperse later in the day and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 18 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said.

By 9 am, the air quality index of Delhi was recorded at 240 which was in the ''poor'' category, as per data of Central Pollution Control Board. An AQI between 0-50 is considered "good", 51-100 "satisfactory", 101-200 "moderate", 201-300 "poor", 301-400 "very poor" and 401-500 "severe".

The city is likely to witness moderate to-dense fog for the next 48 hours, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The dense fog has been attributed to the incessant rains and hailstorm across the northern plains.

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