New Delhi: Fourteen trains to Delhi were running late owing to fog conditions and poor visibility as predicted by the weatherman, stated news agency ANI on Tuesday. The dense fog is expected to hover over Delhi for the next two to three days, the Met Department had said. A department official said that the minimum temperature in Delhi would sink by two to three degree due to the onset of northerly winds across the national capital.
Earlier, on Monday morning, flight operations in the national capital region were disrupted due to the cold weather. “The maximum temperature was recorded at 20.1 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal while the minimum settled at 7.1 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year,” a MeT official said on Monday.
All flights at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport were delayed due to poor visibility, officials said on Monday. “Very dense Fog at Delhi Airport. Visibility is zero. Runway 28 is 200 meters and runway 29 is 150 meters. Flights will be delayed,” tweeted Mahesh Palawat, the Vice president of Meteorology and Climate Change at Skymet Weather, on Monday.
The past weekend, 13 trains were delayed, including the Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express (late by four hours) and the Garib Rath Express which was scheduled to arrive in Delhi three hours late, due to fog in Delhi, which recorded a low of 5.4 degrees Celsius. The humidity levels oscillated between 100 and 66 per cent.
Some of the trains that ran behind the schedule were Farakkha Express Malda-Delhi Junction, Mahabodhi Gaya-New Delhi, Poorva Express Howrah-New Delhi and Garib Rath Jaynagar-Anand Vihar.
(With Agency inputs)