The Capital witnessed bone-chilling cold on Wednesday, recording a maximum temperature of 13.1 degree Celsius, seven degrees below normal and the coldest the city has seen this season.
The maximum temperature was lower than that recorded in Shillong (14.3 degrees) as well as Shimla (15.4 degrees).
The minimum temperature was recorded as 6.4 degrees Celsius, a degree below normal. Dense fog disrupted flight operations at the airport.
Wednesday also claimed the lives of a 30-year-old at the Fatehpuri night shelter and a 40-year-old at the Lahori Gate shelter. Both of them were homeless people.
According to the weatherman, temperatures are expected to improve a bit starting Thursday and is expected to remain between 15 and 6 degrees Celsius.
“Thursday morning is expected to see a mix of low clouds and dense fog for three to four hours, which is expected to disperse soon due to strong winds,” said RK Jenamani, director in charge, IGI Airport Met centre.
The fog made a comeback at the Indira Gandhi International airport after a week affecting over 50 flights. According to Met officials, visibility started dipping at 5 am and one of the two runways had to be closed after 6 am. Passengers were informed of some changes made to the schedule by the airlines.
Officials said domestic sector passengers suffered the most, especially those going to Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, owing to the morning peak hour for domestic flights. Visibility was poor at the Lucknow airport, resulting in delay in flights going to the city.
Passengers taking trains were affected as several trains ran late. According to railway officials, operations of 55 north-bound trains including Rajdhani trains coming from Patna, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Dibrugarh were affected.