Delhi: Haze continues to shroud the national capital

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New Delhi: The morning haze, marked by a persistent smog, continued in Delhi on Sunday, with the minimum temperature dropping to 13 degrees Celsius, a Meteorological Department (MeT) department official said.

High humidity level at 98% contributed to the smog, the official said. The wind was calm. The minimum temperature at 13C was a notch below the average for the season. Light rain is expected on November 14-15 which might intensify the fog but could clear the smog, the official said.

The national capital has been experiencing dense smog for the past a few days, forcing authorities to enforce emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns due to worsening air pollution.

The “odd-even” rationing of cars, which was scheduled to begin on Monday, was however deferred by the Delhi government after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the withdrawal of exemptions given to women and two-wheelers under the scheme.

The MeT department has predicted a partly cloudy sky and a maximum temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius for Sunday.