Delhi-NCR Covered With Thick Fog As Temp Drops To 7℃; 110 Flights, 25 Trains Face Delay

Delhi saw a dip in the temperature as the minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 7℃

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Delhi-NCR Covered With Thick Fog As Temp Drops To 7℃; 110 Flights, 25 Trains Face Delay

At the Delhi airport, more than 110 flights were impacted on Wednesday morning when thick fog covered northern India, reducing visibility to just 50 metres and obstructing traffic flow. Cold wave conditions persisted, prompting the weather service to issue a red alert over “very dense fog” in the nation’s capital. According to Northern Railways, there are up to 25 trains that are reaching Delhi late, thanks to the fog. 

Delhi-NCR Covered With Thick Fog As Temp Drops To 7 ℃

At Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) on Wednesday, there were over 100 domestic and international flight delays in both directions. According to an official, severe weather on Wednesday morning caused two SpiceJet flights to be diverted at the Delhi airport. Dense fog at the Delhi airport affected flight operations on Tuesday as well.

A heavy blanket of fog, according to the officials, engulfed the airport in the nation’s capital, creating hundreds of travellers’ troubles. Additionally, the Delhi airport also issued an advisory for all passengers on its official social media accounts. 

The Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express and the Howrah-New Delhi Poorvah Express are more than five hours behind schedule, according to a Northern Railways spokeswoman.

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Delhi’s AQI Index Remains Poor

In Safdarjung and Palam, the fog reduced visibility to just 50 metres, despite the fact that later in the day the air quality was expected to worsen once again, reaching the severe zone.

According to the IMD, fog is classified as moderate when visibility is between 200 and 500 metres, dense when visibility is between 50 and 200 metres, and very dense when visibility is 50 metres or less.

The temperature dropped to 7°C on Wednesday, but Delhi’s average Air Quality Index (AQI) was 380 (very poor) at 9am, down from 377 (very poor) at 4pm the previous day. It was expected that the air quality would worsen and stay in the severe category until Friday.

For the next six days, it was probably going to be somewhere between extremely poor and severe zones. After spending three days in the severe zone, the AQI improved on Monday but remained well above safe levels.

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