Delhi: 2 die on city’s coldest day, rain to ring in new year
Two people died in Delhi on the coldest day of the season so far on Sunday as dense fog affected over 100 flights and 150 trains, with the mercury plunging to a bone-chilling 2.6 degree Celsius, five below normal.delhi Updated: Dec 29, 2014 00:54 IST
Two people died in Delhi on the coldest day of the season so far on Sunday as dense fog affected over 100 flights and 150 trains, with the mercury plunging to a bone-chilling 2.6 degree Celsius, five below normal.
The temperature was even lower in Gurgaon that recorded a minimum of 0.4 degree Celsius — colder than Shimla that saw a minimum of 1.9 degree Celsius.
The new year is expected to start on cold note as well with the Met department forecasting light rain and thundershowers on Thursday. The rain is, however, expected to wash away fog on January 1.
Dense fog in Delhi as city records a temperature of 2°C pic.twitter.com/nF9tErbTmP— ANI (@ANI_news) December 28, 2014
Bodies of two homeless people were also recovered from Bapa Nagar in central Delhi and Kirti Nagar in west Delhi, police said. Their deaths were suspected to have been caused by hypothermia, a condition where the body’s temperature drops below the required level for normal metabolism.
Sunday’s minimum of 2.6 degree C was only second behind December 30 last year — the coldest day this decade — when the minimum temperature had dipped to 2.4 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature on Sunday was 18.3 degree Celsius, two below normal.
Dense fog paralysed operations at the Delhi airport between 6am and 11am, leading to the cancellation of six flights. Railway traffic was also thrown out of gear with 33 trains rescheduled and six cancelled. Over a 100 others were delayed by several hours with Darbhanga - New Delhi Swatantra Senani Express running late by an astounding 31 hours.
Delhi: Multiple flights delayed due to dense fog in the capital pic.twitter.com/DEpwXEzFXo— ANI (@ANI_news) December 28, 2014
Monday morning is expected to be cold and foggy, the weatherman said, with the minimum temperature hovering around 3 degree C.
“The present severe fog spell is may weaken Monday night due to the formation of a strong-induced circulation over northwest India plains and the movement of very strong high amplitude westerly winds,” said RK Jenamani, director in charge, IGI Met Centre.