Dense fog covers Delhi, flight operations hit, pollution levels to go up

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Dense fog enveloped the Capital for the second day on December 1
Dense fog enveloped the Capital for the second day on December 1

Ushering in the winter season, dense fog continued on December 1 bringing down visibility to a low of 50 metre forcing the New Delhi’s IGI airport to suspend flight operations.

Seven international flights and 40 domestic flights were delayed, 15 were diverted and one was cancelled.

The sky will remain clear during the day with moderate to dense fog in the morning, said the Meteorological department. The minimum temperature was recorded at 11.9°C, two degrees above the season’s average.

Movement of vehicular traffic, especially trucks, containers and buses, has slowed down on the Delhi-Noida and Delhi-Gurgaon expressways. The speed of the morning traffic in the Capital came down a few notches too with fog being very dense in some areas.

According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality in New Delhi was in the serious category at 410. Due to this, there is every chance of people developing health problems, said the board.

Private agency Skymet has forecast that because of a change in the wind direction, rise in moisture levels and drop in wind speed, pollution levels were likely to go up.