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Mercury drop hits rail traffic; 21 trains cancelled, 115 delayed

india Updated: Dec 09, 2016 21:43 IST
Trains delayed in fog

Trains delayed due to heavy dense fog at New Delhi Railway station in New Delhi on Thursday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

As many as 21 trains were cancelled and 115 delayed as the mercury in and around the Capital dropped below 7.7 degrees Celsius, leading to dense fog. A senior railway official said 60 trains were rescheduled due to the fog.

“Twenty-one trains including Vikramshila Express, Poorva Express, Kanpur Shatabdi, Gomti Express and Patna Rajdhani were cancelled due to fog,” the official said.

Flight operations at the Delhi airport, however, remained normal, a spokesperson said.

According to a MeT Department official, visibility was recorded at 600m at 5.30am which dropped to 400m at 8.30am. It was recorded at 800m at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

The maximum temperature settled at 26.6 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, while the minimum temperature was pegged at 7.7 degrees, a notch below the season’s average.

The humidity oscillated between 97 and 51%.

The weatherman has predicted mainly clear skies for Saturday with the maximum and minimum temperature expected to settle at 27 and 9 degrees Celsius.

“The skies will be mainly clear. Dense to very dense fog is likely to occur towards morning,” the weatherman said.

On Thursday, the maximum temperature settled at 23.9 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was recorded at 8.7 degrees.