Light showers wash away Delhi fogJanuary 5th, 2009 - 12:19 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) The capital received light showers Monday morning, resulting in a rise in temperature and washing away the fog that grounded normal life in the last few days. Weather officials have predicted more rain in the next few days.Delhi received 0.2 mm of rainfall, taking the minimum temperature to 8.3 degrees Celsius, one notch above the average for this time of the year. The maximum temperature recorded was 18 degrees Celsius. The mercury had dipped as low as 4 degrees last week.
“The western disturbance coming from Jammu region has brought rain to the northern plains. The disturbance is likely to stay for a day or two and we can expect light showers in the northern region, including Delhi,” said an official at the Safdarjung meteorological department.
“The maximum and minimum temperatures in the capital are likely to increase following the western disturbance,” the official added.
Monday morning, visibility was around 500 metres.
The visibility at the capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport was normal and flights were running on schedule, an airport official said.
But passengers at various railway stations had a harrowing time as several inbound trains from Punjab, northeast, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu were running five to ten hours late.
The cascading delays of the last few days continued to affect train services. Indian Railways’ prestige train the New Delhi to Howrah Rajdhani Express, which was scheduled to start from New Delhi at 5 p.m. Sunday, finally started at 5 a.m. Monday.