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Heavy fog disrupts flight schedule in Delhi

Heavy fog disrupts flight schedule in Delhi

The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

Dense fog at the national capital caused fall of the visibility level below 50 meters - less than the minimum needed for flight operations - resulting in the delay in departure or diversion of domestic and worldwide flights coming for Delhi. Save for a couple of global flights, all other flights that were heading North were delayed, they said.

More than 40 flights were diverted and over 90 flights were affected at Delhi airport before flight operations got back to normalcy, the source said.

"Delhi woke up to worst fog of the season". As many as 56 trains were delayed, 20 were rescheduled and 15 were cancelled, according to Northern Railways. However, visibility improved during the day, it went up to 2000 meters and the operation became normal, but due to the trouble in the morning, delayed planes were delayed and waiting for six hours. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius, an India Meteorological Department official said.

"Runway visibility since 5.30 am has been between 50-75 metres". This is also an improvement, as RVR was in the range of 50-100 metres in the last two days. The heavy blanket of fog engulfed the national capital region on the New Year morning.

In fact, this dense fog envelope would be responsible for a drop in the maximum temperatures over Delhi-NCR.

The fog also affected train operations with more than 50 trains running behind schedule at the New Delhi railway station.


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