Fog affects air, rail services

Incoming and outgoing flights in Delhi were rescheduled as fog reduced runway visibility to below 50 metres.
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Updated on Feb 17, 2006 03:29 PM IST
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Thick fog engulfed the national Capital early on Friday morning, reducing visibility to near zero level.

Fog threw movement of air, rail and road traffic out of gear for the second time in the past 10 days.

All incoming and outgoing international and domestic flights were delayed and some of them were cancelled as runway visibility range (RVR) at the airport reduced to below 50 metres.

Several flights were diverted after the blanket of fog descended on the Capital at around 6 am, causing inconvenience to air travellers and early morning commuters.

The minimum temperature was 16.5 degrees Celsius, six notches above the normal range. The maximum on Thursday was recorded at 30.1 degrees Celsius, the Meteorological office said.

The fog also affected movement of rail traffic with several Delhi-bound trains running late, Northern Railway officials said.

The affected trains included Mussourie Express, Bramhaputra Express, GT Express, Tamil Nadu Express, Ahmedabad-Delhi Rajdhani Express and Poorva Express.

Weather officials said the fog was due to heavy northerly and northwesterly winds blowing early on Friday morning and bringing in moisture from the hilly areas, which were witnessing rains for the past two days.

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