Fog hits commuters, light rain likely on New Year’s Day (Second Lead)

December 31st, 2011 - 8:37 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) The capital had a foggy morning Saturday, affecting air and rail traffic, but a clear day throughout. The Met Office has forecast a partly cloudy sky on New Year’s Day Sunday with a possibility of light rain.

The Met Office said: “The skies will be partly cloudy and there is a possibility of light rain Sunday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 22 and 9 degrees respectively.”

The minimum temperature recorded Saturday was 6.8 degrees while the maximum temperature was 23.3 degrees - normal for this time of the season. Humidity wavered between 100 and 57 percent.

Visibility was down to a mere 50 metres at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport at 8.30 a.m. In other parts of the city, the visibility was around 250 metres.

The thick blanket of fog wreaked havoc on air, rail and road traffic with 132 flights and 62 trains being affected.

Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) officials said 96 domestic and 36 international flights were delayed due to poor weather and visibility.

According to the website of the Northern Railways, 27 trains were cancelled while 32 were delayed.

On Friday, at least 22 flights were cancelled and 305 were delayed due to fog. The minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded at 6.6 degrees and 21.1 degrees respectively. Trains also remained affected due to fog.

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