NEW DELHI: The temperature in the national capital dipped below five degrees Celsius on Saturday, even as the MeT forecasted overcast condition with light rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. The air quality in the city improved slightly, going from the ‘very poor’ to ‘poor’ category as light breeze has been blowing since Friday. The minimum temperature was recorded at 4.8 degrees Celsius, and the maximum temperature hovered around 21 degrees, the India Meteorological Department said.
The weatherman has predicted a clear day ahead with mist on Sunday morning. “The skies will remain clear and the maximum temperature is expected to settle at 21 degrees Celsius,” he said.According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) of the national capital on the day was ‘poor’ at 208 with PM10 at 118 and PM2.5 at 63.
SAFAR predicted further improvement in the AQI later in the day. “The high ventilation has helped to flush out the pollutants and led to betterment of AQI. SAFAR forecast suggest marginal deterioration in AQI at night,” said SAFAR.The AQI is likely to deteriorate to the ‘poor’ category on Sunday.
21 trains delayed by fog
At least 21 Delhi-bound trains were delayed by several hours due to severe fog in several parts of northern India, officials said on Saturday. According to northern railway officials, Puri-New Delhi Purishottam Express and Anand Vihar Sadbhawana Express were delayed by 6 hours, followed by Varanasi-New Delhi Kashi Vishwanath Express which is running behind its schedule by 3 hours and 30 minutes.