A day after Diwali, mist and shallow fog hung low in the air in parts of the national capital on Friday, as visibility dropped significantly in the morning while the mercury settled at 20.5 degrees Celsius.
According to the Meteorological Department, the visibility reported at 8.30 am was 500 metres and it improved as the day progressed. “Mist and shallow fog were seen at many places in the morning. The smoke from the Diwali festivities on Thursday night added to the fall in visibility level,” he said.
The Raisina Hill complex, which includes the North Block and South Block buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhavan, was wrapped in a misty cover even till 10.30 am. As the sunlight improved, visibility stood at 1500 metres at 11.30 am. The relative humidity level at that time was 54 per cent, down from 89 per cent at 8.30 am.
The MeT department said the maximum temperature was likely to settle at 36 degrees Celsius later in the day. However, it has forecast a clear sky on Saturday, with mist or shallow fog expected in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 36 and 19 degrees Celsius respectively on Saturday.
On Thursday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 36.3 and 19.4 degrees Celsius respectively.