Mercury rise, Delhi turns foggy on Thursday

New Delhi: It was a foggy Thursday morning in Delhi with dense to moderate fog at different regions, even as the minimum temperature was recorded at 8.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average — more than a degree rise in last 24 hours.

The visibility was limited to 50 metres in Palam and 100 metres in Safdarjung area during early hours. However by 8.30 a.m. the visibility improved to 100 metres in Palam and 400 metres in Safdarjung area, IMD said.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi on Wednesday recorded very light rains at 4.4 mm.

“There are no chances of rain on Thursday,” an IMD official told IANS.

Railway officials informed that due to low visibility, 17 trains were cancelled, while five were rescheduled and 27 were running late across the northern region.

The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 21 degrees. “The temperature will rise throughout the week,” a Met official said.

According to Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) real time pollution analysis, the major pollutant PM2.5 and PM10 or particles in air with diametre less than 2.5 and 10 micrometres respectively, was 138 and 221 units at 9 a.m., rated at “very-poor”.

Wednesday’s minimum temperature was 7.4 degrees, a notch above the season’s average while the maximum temperature was recorded at 18.9 degrees, two notches below the season’s average.