Fog disrupts railway, air traffic in North India

Fog disrupts railway,  air traffic in North India

A thick blanket of fog descended on most parts of north India on Monday affecting transport services in early hours even as the day turned out to be sunny.

Over 30 flights and 61 trains to and from the national capital were delayed due to dense fog in the morning but it gradually drifted paving way for a sunny day with the maximum temperature settling at 20.7 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 9.4 degree Celsius and the visibility remained less than 50 meters at 8:30 am.

Biting cold conditions coupled with thick fog disrupted train, road and rail traffic and threw normal life out of gear at many places in Punjab and Haryana.At least two flights of private carriers to Delhi stood cancelled, most other flights were delayed. Rail services were also hit with many trains running late or delayed by hours.

Barring Amritsar, Hisar and Narnaul, thick fog reduced visibility considerably on Monday morning at other places in the two states and Chandigarh, a MeT department official said.

Chandigarh’s low settled at 8.2 degree Celsius. Amritsar in Punjab was the coldest place in the two states recording a low of 2.5 degree Celsius.

Dense fog enveloped western Uttar Pradesh on Monday even as the weather remained mainly dry over other parts of the state. Orai in Jalaun district recorded the lowest minimum temperature of four degrees Celsius in the state.

Meanwhile, cold wave conditions continued unabated on Monday in Kashmir and Ladakh regions with minimum temperature hovering several degrees below the freezing point even as the MeT Department in Srinagar predicted rain or snow in the next two days.

Leh town in Ladakh region, 434 kms from Srinagar, was the coldest place recording a minimum of minus 15.6 degrees Celsius compared to Sunday’s minus 15.0 degrees, a MeT department official said. Srinagar, with minus 2.6 degrees Celsius recorded improvement from the last night’s minus 3.7 degrees, he said.  

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