Delhi records lowest temp in 5 yrs, fog hits flights

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New Delhi: Delhi on Sunday recorded the lowest temperature in past five years with the mercury dipping to 2.6 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal and dense fog affecting 55 flights and about 70 trains.

“The minimum temperature recorded at 8.30 AM was 2.6 degrees Celsius. The humidity recorded was 97 per cent and the visibility was less than 50 metres,” a MeT official said.

“This is the lowest temperature recorded in Delhi in past five years. It could be the lowest in past decade too but records for the same aren’t immediately available,” the official said.

Delhi’s all time low of 1.1 degrees Celsius was recorded on 26 December, 1945.

The weatherman has predicted a clear sky ahead.

“The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 19.2 degree Celsius and the minimum is likely to touch 3 degrees,” the official said.

According to airport authorities, flight operations were severely affected.

“55 flights were delayed due to fog and 3 international flights were diverted,” they said.

Early morning dense fog also affected movement of about 70 trains including 50 north-bound trains. Four trains had to be cancelled and six of them rescheduled, a Northern Railway spokesperson said.

Yesterday, the national capital had recorded the second lowest temperature of the season with mercury dipping to 4.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, though the afternoon was comparatively warmer.

The maximum temperature settled at 19.2 degrees Celsius.

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