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Rains lash Delhi, NCR, dense fog hits north India

HT Correspondent and Agencies  Delhi and Lucknow, January 21, 2014
First Published: 11:10 IST(21/1/2014) | Last Updated: 16:07 IST(21/1/2014)

Moderate to heavy showers lashed the national Capital, which saw strong winds leading to a significant drop in temperature on Tuesday, while parts of north India, especially Uttar Pradesh continued to be enveloped in dense fog.



Although minimum temperature was registered at 10.2 degree Celsius which was three notches above normal, the day temperature is expected to plummet significantly due to the rains and chilly winds.

The maximum temperature on Monday was recorded at 22.3 degree celsius which was one point above normal while the minimum temperature settled at 9 degree Celsius, two notches above normal.

The weather in Delhi remained cloudy and there seems to be just no respite with forecasters predicting more rains. Thundershowers too will continue all day, according to skymetweather.com.

The situation turned worse for commuters in the morning rush hours as authorities closed four metro stations and barricaded all the major arterial roads in Central Delhi where Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is staging a dharna.

According to MeT department, the city had received 4.6 mm of rain till around noon.

Neighbouring Noida and Gurgaon too saw light to moderate showers and temperatures similar to Delhi.

Fog and rains were dense and widespread in many pockets of north India too.

Maximum temperature could settle below around 16 degrees in many parts of North, East and Central India on Tuesday, according to skymetweather.com.

While the weather predictions assured more rain in Delhi and foggy days ahead of us, heavy fog affected train and flight operations in Uttar Pradesh.

According to airport officials in Lucknow, more than four flights from New Delhi and Mumbai arrived late at the Amausi airport Monday and flights were facing similar delays on Tuesday.

Jet Airways cancelled its Mumbai-Delhi-Lucknow flight till January 22 and said a final decision would only be taken after clearance from the met office.

Meanwhile, more than two dozen trains continued to run late.

Trains like Avadh-Assam Express, Kaifiyat Express, Vindhyachal Intercity, Anrapali Express, Gorakhdham  Express, Chandigarh-Dibrugarh Special, Triveni, Shaheed and Farakka  Expresss were running late by several hours.

The weather, meanwhile, continued to be clear and the mercury dropped a few notches in most parts of the state.

However, regional met director JP Gupta said a low pressure depression was again gathering over Rajasthan and could bring a fresh spell of rain and thunderstorm.

The maximum temperature in Lucknow on Monday was 21.5 degrees celsius, while the minimum was 8.1 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season's average.

(With IANS inputs)

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