Heavy fog in Delhi disrupts flight, train schedules again

December 30th, 2008 - 11:54 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) The capital woke up to a cold morning blinded by a heavy fog cover, disrupting the schedule of around 80 flights and several trains Tuesday. The trend is likely to continue in the coming days, the weatherman said. The runway visibility range (RVR) at the capital’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport dipped to less than 50 metres, below the required minimum of 100 metres for flight operations. The general visibility condition in the area also fell below 100 metres, airport officials said.

Over 80 flights to and from Delhi were delayed or cancelled since midnight.

“Till now only 10 domestic and three international flights have arrived and three domestic flights have taken off since midnight. All the remaining have been delayed or cancelled,” an airport official said.

On Tuesday, the minimum temperature was 8 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature was recorded at 20.8 degrees Celsius.

“On this day last year, the maximum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius and the minimum 4 degrees Celsius,” a meteorological office spokesman pointed out.

So far, the coldest day of this winter has been Dec 13 with the minimum temperature dipping to 6.4 degrees Celsius.

“We are likely to see more fog in the coming days,” the official added.

Train services and road traffic also suffered due to the reduced visibility in the morning.

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