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In pics: Fog engulfs north India, disrupts normal life

Delhiites on Wednesday woke up to yet another chilly morning with dense fog enveloping several parts of the national capital, affecting movement of 70 trains and disrupting flight operations.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2014 18:00 IST
Fog in north India

As temperatures across India continued to plummet and fog disrupted rail, air and road traffic, people braved the chill by gathering around bonfires and sipping warm cup of tea.

Delhiites on Wednesday woke up to yet another chilly morning with dense fog enveloping several parts of the national capital, affecting movement of 70 trains and disrupting flight operations.

Minimum temperature dropped to 5 degrees Celsius, which was three notches below normal, according to the Met department.

Foggy conditions at the Palam observatory till 8.30am reduced visibility to zero while Safdarjung observatory recorded visibility at 150 metres.

Predicting party cloudy skies, the weatherman said maximum temperature may rise to 17 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

"The skies will remain partly cloudy today (Wednesday) and maximum temperature is expected to settle at 17 degrees Celsius," an official of the department said.

A bright sun greeted the residents of Chandigarh on Wednesday morning, but the minimum temperature dropped three degrees below normal to settle more than two notches since Tuesday.

The minimum temperature at Hisar on Wednesday settled at 6.7 degrees Celsius. Freezing cold swept Ambala too, which recorded a low of 4.8 degrees Celsius - two notches below normal.

In Punjab, piercing chill prevailed in Amritsar, where the minimum settled at 4 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana recorded a low of 6.6 degrees Celsius. Patiala recorded a two degree below normal minimum at 5.7 degrees Celsius.

Bihar also continued to shiver on Wednesday with the minimum temperature dipping to five degrees below normal in Gaya district with no respite from the cold wave in sight, meteorological officials said.

"A cold wave is sweeping across the state with Gaya recording the coldest temperature in Bihar for the second consecutive day with the minimum recorded at 4.2 degrees Celsius Wednesday," Met director RK Giri said.

Here are some pictures from the fog in the last three days across the country...


A view of the India Gate on a cold foggy morning on December 23 in New Delhi. AFP Photo


Heavy fog descended on the capital extending into late hours of the morning, in New Delhi, India, on December 22. HT Photo/Saumya Khandelwal


A family warms itself around a fire on a cold morning at Allahabad. AP Photo


Passengers warm themselves around a fire as they wait for their train to arrive on a cold morning in Allahabad. AP Photo


Girls covering themselves with warm clothes during a cold foggy morning in Gurgaon. HT Photo/Parveen Kumar


Heavy dense fog engulfed the entire Delhi NCR as the Capital recorded its coldest day this year on December 22. HT Photo/Burhaan Kinu


Heavy dense fog engulfed the entire Delhi NCR as the Capital recorded its coldest day this year on December 22. HT Photo/Burhaan Kinu


A man walks out of his house in an alley on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi. Reuters/Ahmad Masood


Delhiites travel in dense fog in New Delhi on December 22. HT Photo/Ajay Aggarwal


A man sits in front of a bonfire during a cold winter night in New Delhi. AFP Photo


People take precautions against the cold weather in the foggy morning in New Delhi. HT Photo/Sushil Kumar


School students take precautions against the cold weather in the foggy morning in New Delhi. HT Photo/Sushil Kumar


Seventy trains were delayed due to the dense fog on Wednesday. AP Photo


Due to thick blanket of fog, the visibility remained as low as 50 metres, while the minimum temperature recorded was 4.5 degree Celsius, in Noida on December 22. HT Photo/Sunil Ghosh


Passengers gather under a blanket as they wait for a train at Daraganj railway station in Allahabad. AFP Photo


A group of men wrapped in woolen clothes are joined by stray cows as they try to warm themselves around a bonfire on a cold and foggy morning in Allahabad. AP Photo


A passenger wears a blanket to keep himself warm while waiting at Allahabad railway station in a cold morning. AP Photo


Homeless people receive tea and biscuits being served by a man on a chilly morning in New Delhi. AP Photo


A picture of dense fog in the cold weather in New Delhi. HT Photo/Raj K Raj


People are carrying their bicycles as they cross railway tracks on a foggy and cold morning in Allahabad. Reuters Photo


Picture of stranded passengers at New Delhi Railway Station. HT photo/Raj K Raj


Stranded passengers during a cold and foggy at New Railway Station. HT Photo/Raj K Raj


People travelling in dense fog in New Delhi. HT Photo/Raj K Raj


A boatman at the banks of the river Yamuna on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi. HT Photo/Arun Sharma


Passengers wrapped in woolens wait for train on a cold day at Allahabad Railway Station on Wednesday. PTI Photo