NEW DELHI — Dense smog continued to engulf the national capital for the second day Nov. 8, leaving people gasping for breath.

The visibility was recorded at 300 meters both at 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

The minimum temperature settled at 14 degrees Celsius, even as humidity levels were high.

The humidity was recorded at 98 percent at 8:30 a.m.

The India Meteorological Department has forecast clear skies for the rest of the day Nov. 8.

"The maximum temperature is expected to hover at 30 degrees Celsius," meteorological experts said.

On Nov. 7, the maximum and minimum temperatures settled at 30 and 16.1 degrees respectively.

The choking blanket of smog that enveloped the national capital Nov. 7 prompted authorities to announce the closure of primary schools and a four-fold increase in parking fees, among a series of sweeping measures.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also had announced that primary schools in the national capital will remain closed Nov. 8.

The Delhi government also issued a health advisory for high risk people, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments.

The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority has directed municipal bodies in the region to immediately raise parking fees by four fold and instructed the Delhi Metro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches and ensure frequent services.

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