Delhi overall AQI dips to 'Very Poor' as dense fog engulfs capital

Delhi's overall air quality dropped to the 'Very Poor' category on Sunday morning as dense fog enveloped parts of the national capital region

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Delhi's overall air quality dropped to the 'Very Poor' category on Sunday morning as dense fog enveloped parts of the national capital region, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The CPCB recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 345 under the ‘Very Poor’ category in the RK Puram-Munirka area as of 8 AM. Readings in other areas like Anand Vihar (315), ITO (324) and Dhaula Kuan (344) were also assessed to be Very Poor.

Visuals showed severely reduced visibility at locations including the Munirka metro station due to smog and winter fog, resulting in low visibility.

 

Rain brought relief to Delhi's air pollution 

 

This slip in air quality comes after a brief period of improvement due to rainfall. Authorities recorded Delhi's overall AQI as 276 on Thursday, in the lower Poor range. Rain is not forecasted for the coming week, per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Other parts of north India, including Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, were also shrouded by fog over the weekend as temperatures fell in the region. Dense morning fog is likely to persist in patches of these states over the next two days, the IMD stated.

 

Future weather predictions 

 

The dense fog spread is forecasted to continue affecting isolated pockets across North India, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, and Meghalaya on December 10 and 11.

Authorities continue to monitor the situation as the capital has oscillated between 'Very Poor' and 'Severe' air quality ranges in recent weeks, deemed hazardous for sensitive groups.

 

(With ANI inputs)