Mercury falls to 8.2°C, fog to engulf city

  • | Wednesday | 13th December, 2023

Gurgaon: The citys minimum temperature was 8.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, the seasons lowest so far. It was two notches below normal and marginally down from Mondays 8.3 degrees Celsius.Mahendergarh recorded the lowest temperature in the state at 5.7 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for dense fog for the next three days in isolated parts of the state.Such an alert is issued for authorities to be watchful for the possibility of the weather worsening. According to the department, visibility may drop, affecting traffic movement on highways.Weather is likely to be dry during this period in the state. No large change in minimum temperatures is likely during this period. Shallow to moderate fog is likely in Gurgaon, while dense fog will prevail in certain parts of Haryana for the next three days, said an IMD official.The citys maximum temperature was 22.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, which is normal for this time of the year. It was 24 degrees Celsius the day before.Meanwhile, the citys air quality index (AQI) remained in the poor category at 278 on Tuesday, up from 260 the day before. Sector 51 recorded the highest AQI at 345 (very poor), followed by Gwalpahari (272), Teri Gram (251) and Vikas Sadan (249). The wind speed was 6kmph on Tuesday, up from 5kmph on Monday.Neighbouring Delhi (317) and Noida (337) reported very poor air on Tuesday, while Faridabad (278) and Ghaziabad (296) recorded poor AQI.According to an official from the central governments System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar), The air quality is likely to turn very poor. The predominant surface wind is likely to be coming from the north or northwest with speeds ranging from 4kmph to 8kmph. The region will witness mainly clear skies, with some clouds in the evening and shallow fog in the morning till December 15.The weather conditions are likely to be highly unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants in the next six days. The air quality is likely to be very poor for the next six days, Safar stated.The PM2.5 level was the highest at Sector 51 (325 µg/m³) on Tuesday, followed by Teri Gram (232 µg/m³), Vikas Sadan (214) and Gwalpahari (202 µg/m³). The PM10 level was also the highest at Sector 51 (267 µg/m³), followed by Teri Gram (243 µg/m³) and Gwalpahari (231 µg/m³). Vikas Sadan doesnt record PM10 data. According to the CPCB, the annual average permissible limits for PM2.5 and PM10 are 60µg/m³ and 100 µg/m³, respectively.Meanwhile, Delhi saw a negligible rise in the minimum temperature on Tuesday. At 6.8 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, it was the second coldest day of the season. The minimum temperature on Monday was 6.5 degree Celsius, the lowest of the season so far. The maximum temperature on Tuesday was 24.8 degrees Celsius, same as a day earlier. The maximum and minimum temperatures on Wednesday are likely to hover around 25 and 7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

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