New Delhi: Dense fog on Monday (January 21) morning delayed at least 11 trains scheduled to arrive in Delhi as air quality in national capital continued to remain severe.
Although there has been a gradual rise in mercury level in Delhi-NCR over the past couple of days, there has been no improvement in early-morning visibility.
On Sunday, low visibility due to foggy weather condition had delayed over 29 flights and led to the cancellation of 25 long-distance trains.
In its latest bulletin, the weather department has predicted rain and thunder shower across many places in North India including Delhi. Early-morning fog also prevailed across Tripura, Bengaluru, Andhra Pradesh, and several other states.
“An intense western disturbance along with induced cyclonic circulation is very likely to continue to affect Western Himalayan region mainly during the next three days and plains of northwest India from yesterday,” said India Meteorological Department.
“Under its influence, widespread rain/snow is very likely over Western Himalayan region during the same period, with isolated heavy to very heavy snowfall during January 21 and 22 over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand,” it added.
Temperatures may drop as strong winds reaching speeds up to 40 km/hr are expected in parts of North India including Delhi-NCR.
The weather department has predicted the minimum temperature in Delhi at 10 degree Celsius today while maximum temperatures are expected to climb to 22 degree Celsius.
Delhi experienced its warmest day on Friday when maximum temperature increased by 6 degrees to 25 degree Celsius. However, a drop in temperature is likely due to snowfall in parts of Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi-NCR continues to remain severe in most parts including Pitampura, Chandni Chowk, Noida and Lodhi Road.
The PM2.5 pollution level in Delhi was recorded severe while PM10 levels remained very poor.
However, pollution and fog is likely to decrease over the next couple of days as rainfall is expected in many parts of North India including Delhi-NCR.