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Delhi wakes up to a chilly, hazy Sunday; IMD forecasts rain on Dec 5, 6

Air quality dropped in the national capital owing to calm conditions, low wind speed and moisture: MeT dept

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Indian washermen drying up the clothes at Dhobi ghat along the Yamuna River in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

A blanket of haze enveloped the capital on a cold day on Sunday, prompting the people to wear masks outside home.

Air quality dropped to hazardous levels in the city. The choking smog even disrupted the third Test between Sri Lanka and

The embattled Sri Lankan cricket team held up play, complaining of poor air quality that forced the hosts to declare their innings.

The first-ever incident of this kind in the sport's 140- year-old history saw an international team resort to while fielding and then refusing to continue.

The Meteorological Department said pollution levels have spiked due to calm conditions, marked by low wind speed and moisture.

The has forecast possibility of light rains on December 5 and 6.

Meanwhile, the city recorded a high of 23.9 degrees Celsius, a low of 8 degrees Celsius, a official said.

The humidity levels oscillated between 39 and 94 per cent.

The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy sky tomorrow (December 4).

"Mist/shallow fog likely to occur in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperature would be around 24 and 9 degrees Celsius respectively," the MeT official said.

First Published: Sun, December 03 2017. 21:15 IST