The new year is all set to make its debut as a cold and windy one on Saturday, as temperatures remained low and strong winds on Friday ushered out 2010.
Similar weather conditions are expected on Saturday as well. The Met department has also predicted fog on Saturday morning, although officials claim that it will not be dense because of prevalence of strong winds.
"The presence of strong winds that we are expecting on Saturday morning could hamper the formation of fog," said BP Yadav, director, weather forecast, India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The fog alert, which was earlier issued at the Indira
Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on Friday evening was lifted at night.
"On Saturday morning, dense fog has been ruled out because of presence of strong winds," said RK Jenamani, director in charge, Met office, IGI Airport.
On Friday, cold winds brought in a nippy New Year's Eve, making the maximum temperature drop below normal even as the sun shone bright.
The maximum temperature was four degrees below normal at 17.8 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was four above average at 11 degrees, the weatherman said.
The humidity levels oscillated between a high of 98% and a low of 65%.
According to IMD, Saturday will witness similar weather conditions, with fog in the morning, but clear skies during the day. "The maximum and minimum temperatures on Saturday are expected to be at 17 and 7 degrees respectively," the Met official said.
Meanwhile, shallow fog was witnessed in the city on Friday morning as well. But apart from some delays, flights operated normally as visibility was good at the IGI Airport. There were no diversions or cancellations.