People in the Delhi-NCR region and most of northern India woke up to the season’s first fog on Wednesday morning, which resulted in 18 flights and 50 north-bound trains being delayed.
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In addition to Delhi-NCR, fog was reported also in several areas of northern India including in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh.
The dense fog cover+ has led to low visibility in many areas. Five flights were diverted due to poor visibility at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, where low visibility procedures (LVP) were implemented.”More than 18 flights were delayed due to the sharp drop in runway visibility, forcing the airport authorities to switch to operations under LVP. The visibility was recorded at 800 metres at 5:30 am, which dropped to 200 metres three hours later.
50 Delhi-bound services from Patna, Ranchi, Howrah, Bhubaneswar and other places were also affected due to the thick fog cover.”The trains were running late between one and three hours,” the officials said.In a weather warning issued by the India Meteorological Department on Tuesday, it said shallow to moderate fog is very likely to cover Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, west Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim.
The fog is expected to last six days.Skymet said that minimum temperatures over the national capital have already dropped. The minimum temperature was recorded at 11 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.As well, the passage of a Western Disturbance and a depression in the Bay of Bengal have changed the wind pattern to easterly winds, which has increased humidity levels. Relative humidity was recorded at 98 per cent.The combination of these factors has created the dense fog across northern India.