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Sunny side up, yet city reels under intense cold

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 09, 2013
First Published: 01:17 IST(9/1/2013) | Last Updated: 03:00 IST(9/1/2013)

The city continued to reel under intense cold on Tuesday as the minimum temperature was recorded at 3.3 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal. Though the sun shone all day, it was still cold with the maximum temperature being recorded at 15.5 degrees, five degrees below normal.

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The situation, however, was better than what the city has been experiencing over the past week where the minimum has consistently been below 3 degrees and the maximum below 13 degrees.

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According to the Met department, similar conditions are likely to prevail on Wednesday and temperature will rise by a couple of degrees by the weekend.   

Tuesday's minimum temperature is up by almost a degree from the previous day's 2.4 degrees. A number of people were, however, relieved as the sun came out after days of cloudy sky.

Fog effect
The Indira Gandhi International Airport is expected to witness dense fog in the next couple of days but it is unlikely that flight operations will be affected.

On Tuesday too, there were not much flight disruption despite dense fog as flights operated using the Category III Instrument Landing System (when runway visibility is less than 300 metre).

The conditions are likely to remain the same for the next couple of days. "Visibility is likely to reduce to 500m in shallow fog from 1.30 am on Wednesday. It may further reduce to 200m in dense fog from 4.30 am but operations will not be affected as the runway visibility is likely to remain above 50m," a Met department official said.

On Tuesday, around 50 flights were affected of which, nine were cancelled and rest delayed. Despite fog, both the runways were operational.


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