Chill finally makes comeback in city

Delhiites are finally feeling the winter’s chill with the mercury falling four degrees against the temperatures recorded on Thursday night.

A dense fog had covered the capital in the morning hours, resulting in cancellation of more than 60 Delhi-bound trains and causing delay to 17 flights due to poor visibility. 

Besides the cancellation of 64 trains, including Rajdhani, Amritsar Express, Shram Shakti, Nanda Devi, Bangalore Rajdhani, and GaribRath, 10 Delhi-bound trains were delayed by an average of two hours.

Flight operations, however, became normal after the morning hours as visibility improved, said an airport official.

Visibility was recorded at 200 metres at 5.30 am and improved to 500 metres at 8.30 am. It further improved to 1,500 metres as the day progressed.

“After abating Delhi-NCR for quite a long time, fog finally made its reappearance over few pockets of the national capital on Friday morning. Palam Airport observed very dense fog as the visibility dropped to nil during the early morning hours,” reported Skymet, a private company that provides weather forecasts.

The national capital witnessed its warmest winter in four years due to many weather related factors. 

The maximum temperature fell to 15.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal for this time of the season, on Friday, while the minimum was recorded at 9.6 degrees, two notches above normal.

Both the temperatures have seen a sharp fall since Thursday when they were recorded at 19 and 13.6 degrees Celsius respectively. The humidity in the air was recorded between 72 and 100 per cent.

The MeT department has predicted a clear sky for Saturday. “Moderate to dense fog may occur in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle at 19 and 9 degrees Celsius respectively,” it said.
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