First fog of the season in Delhi drops visibility to 500 m, flight delays likely

November 14, 2019 9:44 AM |

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Today, the National Capital Territory of Delhi observed the first fog of the season with visibility dropping to 500 meters as recorded by the Palam observatory. According to Indian Standard Time, between 8:00 and 8:30 hours today, the visibility over runway number 29 was 700 meters, while over runway 28, it was 800 meters.

According to our meteorologists, fog mixed with air pollutants is making a deadly combination for Delhiites, leading to low visibility levels. At present, the humidity is peaking and winds are also light. Moreover, due to significant cloud cover, dew point in high over the region. All these factors have contributed to the formation of a layer of fog over Delhi and NCR. Such weather conditions are likely to persist throughout the day and may even lead to minor flight delays.

The month of November sees frequent formations of fog over the northern plains of the country. Amritsar and many other cities have been recording foggy mornings for the last many days now, with visibility dropping to 300-200 meters. Slowly, Delhi would also come under the grip of this.

Talking about the weather systems, a Western Disturbance is over Jammu and Kashmir and its induced Cyclonic Circulation is over Rajasthan. Humid winds from the Arabian Sea are also affecting Delhi and NCR region. Thus, due to high humidity, low temperature and light winds, Delhi is most likely to wake up to a foggy morning tomorrow as well.

November 16 onwards, the winds from northwest direction would start picking up the pace and as a result, the layer of fog would start dissipating, leading to an improvement in the visibility levels.

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