Relief to Delhiites as dense fog clears

Major spell of dense fog seems to be finally over in the national capital.
According to experts, there will be a relief for the Delhiites from dense fog and harsh weather conditions from Friday. The respite from fog will continue till the first week of February.

“There could be isolated incidents of fog next month, but, the major and worst spell is over. There will certainly be a good respite from tomorrow [Friday] onwards from fog and the sky is likely to be more clear due to strong winds,” said Dr R K Jenamani, Head, IGI, MeT.

January saw the season’s longest and worst fog spell of near-zero visibility that disrupted air and rail traffic often and brought down maximum temperatures. Last Sunday was the third such day in January when fog remained for 24 hours.

An official of the MeT department said that the fog in February will not be dense like that experienced in January and that visibility would be much better from now on.
“Presently, northwesterly colder winds have turned easterly from January 26 and fog has started weakening its duration and intensity,” he added.

On Thursday, sun shone bright over the national capital bringing some respite from cold in the morning hours, which led to cancelation of 36 trains and delaying of 15 others.

Shallow to moderate foggy conditions were witnessed in the morning affecting the visibility which was recorded at 800 metres at 5:30 am. It significantly dropped to 300 metres at 8.30 am. 

The maximum temperature was recorded at 23.6 degree Celsius, one notch above the season’s normal, and the minimum settled at nine degree Celsius, average for this part of the season.

The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 23 and 11 degrees respectively and the weather department has predicted a partly cloudy sky on Friday.

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