Intense cold, fog in North

Intense cold, fog in North

Parts of north India continued to reel under an intense cold wave with the mercury plummeting to minus 16.6 degree Celsius in Kargil even as dense fog engulfed several regions including the national capital, disrupting train and flight services.

Kargil town in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir had recorded a low of minus 14.6 degree Celsius on Saturday, an official said. In New Delhi,  It was a cold Sunday as maximum temperature fell several degrees below the normal for this part of the season, while dense fog affected flight and train operations.

Due to low visibility, and even zero at the IGI airport during morning hours, 21 flights were delayed while 18 trains were cancelled. Twenty-one trains were delayed and nine were rescheduled, the railway authorities said.

“At the IGI airport, the fog persisted for eight hours, severely affecting flights. It was zero visibility with very dense fog from 2:30 am to 10:30 am at the airport when the runway visual range (RVR) was 100 to 200 metres, urgently requiring for operation instrument procedures of CAT IIIA/B,” said Dr R K Jenamani, Head, IGI, MeT.

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