Delhi has been reeling under a heavy blanket of dust, which has settled over the area. The dust cover, caused by dust storms in Rajasthan, triggered the government to stop all construction activities in the capital till Sunday.

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According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the National Capital Region's (NCR) dusty situation is likely to improve today onwards. But, the pollution level here continue to linger in the emergency zone for the fourth consecutive day, even though scientists said that the worst was over.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality index (AQI) remained over 500 at several places in Delhi.

As Delhi continue to breathe in heavily polluted air, authorities, however, are hopeful that the situation will improve with strong winds expected to clear the stagnant air.

The three municipal corporations mounted a massive street watering drive including at dusty open grounds like Ramlila Maidan to ensure fugitive dust does not add to the dirty air.

Meanwhile, Delhiites woke up to partly cloudy skies today with the minimum temperature settling at 32.2 degrees Celsius, four notches above season's average.

Humidity was recorded at 53 per cent, said a MeT department official.

The weatherman has forecast overcast skies for the rest of the day along with the possibility of thundery developments.

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