New Delhi | Delhiites today woke up to yet another chilly morning with dense fog enveloping several parts of the national capital, affecting movement of 70 trains and disrupting flight operations. Minimum temperature dropped to 5 degrees Celsius, which was three notches below normal, according to the MeT department. Foggy conditions at the Palam observatory till 8.30 AM this morning reduced visibility to zero while Safdarjung observatory recorded visibility at 150 metres.
Predicting partly cloudy skies, the weatherman said that maximum temperature may rise to 17 degrees Celsius today. The skies will remain partly cloudy today and maximum temperature is expected to settle at 17 degrees Celsius, an official of the department said. The official also said that humidity level recorded till 8.30 AM was 97 per cent. Dense fog has severely affected most of the North-bound trains, including Rajdhani Express coming from Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati and Kolkata.
According to Northern Railway official, foggy conditions have affected about the movement of 70 trains, include Seemanchal Express, Mahananda Express, Purushottam Express besides Rajdhani. Yesterday, the minimum temperature was recorded two notches below the season’s average at 6 degrees Celsius.
Intense foggy weather conditions disrupted train services in Uttar pradesh, leading to the cancellation of many of them. Northern Railways, in a statement, said that some of the trains have been cancelled and several are running well behind schedule due to dense fog. Cold wave conditions prevailed at a few places over eastern region and many places over western parts of the state in the past 24 hours, a MeT official said.
Night temperatures appreciably fell in Varanasi, Faizabad, Bareilly, Meerut divisions and changed a little in the remaining parts of the state. They were markedly below normal in Faizabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut divisions and appreciably below normal in Varanasi, Allahabad, Bareilly, Moradabad and Agra divisions. Mercury was recorded lowest at 2.4 degrees Celsius in Muzzafarnagar. MeT department predicted that fog would occur at many places over the state.
Union Territory of Chandigarh recorded season’s coldest night at 3.2 degrees Celsius as severe chill swept the city with fog affecting normal life at many places in Punjab and Haryana.
A bright sun shine greeted the residents of Chandigarh this morning, but the minimum temperature dropped three degrees below normal to settle more than two notches since yesterday. Freezing cold waves swept Hisar in Haryana yesterday as the maximum temperature settled at 10.2 deg C, which was ten notches below normal, the MeT Department here said. The minimum temperature at Hisar today settled at 6.7 deg C. Freezing cold swept Ambala, which recorded a low of 4.8 deg C, two notches below normal.
Karnal, too, experienced a cold night at 4.7 deg C, down three notches while biting cold waves also swept Narnaul at 4 deg C. In Punjab, piercing chill prevailed in Amritsar, where the minimum settled at 4 deg C. Ludhiana recorded a low of 6.6 deg C.
Patiala recorded a two degrees below normal minimum at 5.7 deg C. Meanwhile, a MeT official here said that fog prevailed at many places in Punjab and Haryana in the morning today.
During the past few days, fog has adversely hit normal movement of road, rail and air traffic.
However, an official at the Chandigarh Airport today said that as weather was clear in the city the flights would operate normally from here, barring those flights which had already been cancelled by some airlines with prior notice.
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