Delhi witnessed dense fog on Saturday morning that led to poor visibility in several parts of the national capital. Around 80 flights originating from and over 50 flights bound to Delhi airport delayed, mainly due to dense fog and other operational reasons.
Delhi airport authority stated that due to dense fog, only CAT IIIA and CATIII B compliant aircraft and pilots can operate. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information.
The slow winds and ventilation conditions are extremely unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants which lead to deterioration in air quality. As per System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Delhi's overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 492 i.e, 'severe' category.
However, India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that the air quality is expected expected to slightly improve from Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, 9.8℃ temperature was recorded in Delhi's Palam at 5:30 am on Saturday. According to IMD, the temperature is likely to fall by 0.2℃ during next 24 hours. While, Safdarjung recorded 8.6℃ temperature, which is likely to rise by 1.2℃ during next 24 hours.