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Cold waves continue in Delhi, North India

IANS/PTI   January 07, 2013
First Published: 08:35 IST(7/1/2013) | Last Updated: 11:40 IST(7/1/2013)

Delhi continued to reel under bitter cold with 2.4 degrees Celcius on Monday morning. The visibility, however, remained normal with no fog on season's coldest day.

Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir experienced the coldest day in 35 years with mercury dipping well below the minus and water freezing at various places in the district.
 
The capital woke up to another chilly morning on Monday with the minimum temperature settling five notches below average at 2.4 degrees Celsius.

It was, however, marginally higher than the minimum recorded early on Sunday, which was lowest in five years at 1.9 degrees Celsius.  

Fog enveloped the city early morning with visibility dropping to around 500 meters at 8:30 am, while humidity remained high at 97%.

"Temperature during the day is likely to reach a maximum of 13 degrees Celsius and the day will be clear," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The maximum temperature Sunday was nine notches below the season's average at 11.8 degrees Celsius.

Fog disrupts flight schedule at IGI airport
Dense fog on Monday disrupted the schedule of over 30 domestic and international flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here.

10 flights were cancelled due to operational reasons. Air India flight AI 996 from Dubai was diverted to Mumbai at around 4.45 am due to operational reasons.

Fog started to descend at the airport around midnight and general visibility dropped to below 50 metres and runway visibility to 50 metres at the third runway around 3 am, while visibility was around 1000 metres on main runway (28/10), airport officials said.

But the situation changed within 40 minutes and visibility at main runway dropped to 125 metres at one end forcing the authorities to implement low visibility procedures.

The visibility remained around 100 metres at the third runway till 6 AM, which left it operational for arriving flight as the minimum visibility for take-off is required 125 metres and 150 metres for small and big aircraft.

Operations at the airport had remained normal for the past two days even as it witnessed moderate to shallow fog.


Intense cold continues in Agra
Intense cold and foggy weather conditions continued in Agra on Monday with the minimum temperature settling at 0.5 degrees Celsius, six degrees below the average for this time of the year.

Sunday's maximum temperature in the Taj city was 8.2 degrees Celsius, 14 degrees below normal, forcing people to remain mostly indoors.

The number of tourists arriving in the city also fell sharply owing to the cold weather and most of the city markets bore deserted look Sunday. There were not enough passengers in the newly-introduced city buses on the otherwise busy MG road.

Some long-distance buses could not operate due to poor visibility, Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) officials here said.

 "This was one of the coldest nights I have ever experienced," said an old timer Surendra Sharma.

 Officials at the Agra Cantt railway station said that more than 50 trains were running late by several hours.

 

With agency inputs

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