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Unsual dip in temperature gives Delhiites a torrid time

On Sunday, the Capital recorded the lowest maximum temperature — 11 degrees Celsius — in the past five years.

delhi Updated: Jan 10, 2011 00:12 IST
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On Sunday, the Capital recorded the lowest maximum temperature — 11 degrees Celsius — in the past five years.

Icy winds added to the woes of Delhiites as conditions are likely to remain the same in the next five days, Met officials said.

“I had stopped buying woollens for the past three-four years. But this time round, it is so cold. I had to come out for shopping,” said Preeti Verma, a private company employee. Verma and her friends, who were out to shop for jackets and pullovers at the Janpath market, braved the chilly winds.

Sunday also saw foggy condition for most of the day even the city recorded a minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal. Traffic movement, too, was slowed down due to fog.

“Maximum temperature was recorded at 11 degrees Celsius, 10 notches below normal. This was the lowest maximum temperature in the past five years. The cold north-westerly winds from Himalayas have led to the dip in the mercury level,” said a Met department official.

On Monday, the maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 12 and 6 degrees Celsius respectively. “While the morning may remain misty with shallow fog, chilly winds during the day is expected,” the official said.

On Sunday, Delhi’s western and southern areas were slightly better than its eastern and northern counterparts as was evident from the differences in the maximum temperatures. Narela recorded maximum temperature of 9.1 degrees Celsius and minimum of 5.0 degrees Celsius, while Pitampura registered 10.2 and 6.1 degrees Celsius. Delhi University (9.8 and 5.8), Pusa (9.4 and 4.3) while Yamuna Sports Complex recorded 10.6 and 6.1 degrees Celsius.

Travellers’ travail continues as fog disrupts rail, air traffic

new delhi: Dense fog over the Capital in the early hours disrupted both air and rail traffic in the Capital on Sunday. While the movement of 60 flights was affected at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), almost 100 trains were either delayed or cancelled on Sunday.

According to officials, two domestic flights had to be cancelled, seven had to be diverted and about 50 flights — both international and domestic — were delayed by a few hours.

While nine trains were cancelled, the timings of 33 trains were rescheduled due to thick fog that engulfed Delhi and its surrounding towns. Senior northern railway officials said 70 trains were running late by several hours.

Airport officials said visibility started to deteriorate and by 11.30pm it dropped to less than 50 metres. “Runway visibility dropped to 150 metres when the fog became very dense,” an airport official said, adding that low-visibility procedures were implemented at 8.31pm on Saturday on the new runway and at 10.38pm on main runway. “We have advised travellers to leave for the airport only after re-confirming the departure time of their flights,” an official said.

“Railways has deputed additional staff at stations to provide information to the passengers,” a northern railway official said. HTC