Delhi witnessed a cold and misty morning on Thursday as the minimum temperature in the national capital was recorded at 6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average. The maximum temperature for the day is expected to hover around 21 degrees Celsius.
"There was shallow to moderate fog in the morning. The city will witness mist throughout the day," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.
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According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 303.
The air quality in Delhi moved slightly towards the upper level of the 'very poor' category with persistent cold conditions and moist westerly winds, it said.
Humidity at 8.30 am was recorded at 97 per cent - a highly unfavourable condition for pollutants to disperse.
The minimum temperature on Wednesday was recorded at 8 degrees Celsius, while the maximum settled at 20.5 degrees Celsius, both a notch above the season's average.