Dense fog in the morning, hot and humid conditions during the day and rain in the evening — Delhi was caught unawares by the weather’s mood swings on Monday.
And the weatherman said on Tuesday would not be very different, except that the maximum temperature reached may be a bit lower due to the rain.
Fog delayed 15 flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the morning. The Runway Visibility Range dipped to 100 metres at 8 am. "My flight from Patna to Delhi was delayed by seven hours," said Ashish Singh, a bank employee. Low-visibility procedures were implemented and flights operated using the Instrument Landing Systems.
The thick fog also disrupted road and rail traffic. Early morning trains to Delhi were delayed. Cars moved slowly with fog lamps on and tail lights blinking.
The Meteorological Office said the heavy fog was due to a high-pressure area over the city and its surroundings that was affecting wind movement.
As the day advanced, temperatures rose. The maximum temperature recorded was 28 degrees Celsius, more than seven degrees above normal. The minimum was 12.3 degree Celsius, four degrees above normal.
However, there was some relief in the evening when it rained. Met officials said the rain was caused by humid conditions that led to the formation of rain-bearing clouds near Rohtak. Such clouds are usually accompanied by strong winds, rain and thunder, they said.
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