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Met dept predicts foggy week ahead

There’s bad news for those who are sick of this lingering winter fog and the nagging chill throughout the day. It is not likely to get any brighter very soon.

delhi Updated: Jan 17, 2010 23:34 IST
HT Correspondent

There’s bad news for those who are sick of this lingering winter fog and the nagging chill throughout the day. It is not likely to get any brighter very soon.

The weatherman on Sunday, which was yet another foggy day that kept the sun subdued and the mercury low, said most of next week, starting Monday, would be just as bad.

“Dense fog will set in late Sunday and early Monday. The grayness of the days will prevail,” said a duty officer at the Safdarjung unit of the Met office.

More than 100 flights were delayed by up to four hours on Sunday morning at Indira Gandhi International Airport due to near zero visibility. Two domestic and six international flights were diverted and 26 flights were cancelled.

“Dense fog remained at IGIA for nearly 10 hours — the second longest spell of fog this winter,” said R.K. Jenamani, Director-in-charge of the IGIA met unit.

“On Monday, there will be dense fog between 4 am and 9 am,” said Jenamani. The fog condition will reduce significantly by Tuesday, he said.

By Sunday evening, Delhi was clocking 100 per cent relative humidity in air coupled with calm wind considered a potent mix for dense fog. “We expect fog to remain till forenoon and return in the evening,” he said.

Throughout Sunday, the general visibility remained under 500 meters.

The Capital is in the grips of the after-effects of rain-bearing clouds passing over its skies, the Met said. “All of next week, fog, mist and cloudy sky will dominate Delhi's weather,” said a forecaster from the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting.

The temperatures hovered between a near-normal 7.7 degrees in the morning and 14.3 degrees Celsius during the day, seven degrees below normal.

The temperatures on Monday are likely to be between six and 20 degrees Celsius.

Trains affected

As many as 51 trains arrived late, while 33 trains were rescheduled and 33 cancelled due to fog across North India.

Trains were running more than three hours late. Some trains like Poorva Express from Howrah in West Bengal was delayed by over 25 hours.

“Visibility of signals is so poor across North India that several trains are either halting at stations or running slower than usual,” said a senior Northern Railway official.