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Fog grounds Delhi flights

Fog grounds Delhi flights
Dense fog badly hit operations at the Indira Gandhi International airport on Monday affecting the schedule of over 50 domestic and international flights.

About 35 flights were delayed while 15 were cancelled as the dense fog enveloped the airport this morning. One of the international flights was diverted to Jaipur, airport sources said.

Runway visibility started to deteriorate from late Sunday and general visibility reduced to less than 100 metres in the morning, leading to delay in departures of early morning flights.

The general visibility on the main runway (28/11 which is the most preferred runway by airlines during the foggy days) was almost zero while the runway visibility was 75 metre.

At one time the runway visibility dropped to zero at one end of the third runway.

The operations at the third runway remained suspended for major part of the morning due to poor visibility, an airport official said.

The MeT department has predicted CAT-III B fog (dense fog when the runway visibility drops to below 50 metre till Christmas.

On Sunday also, over 100 flights were badly affected due to dense fog.‘The cloud of western distrurbance is likely to cause slight rain in the city which will further bring the temperature down,’ added Duraisami. According to weathermen the minimum temperature on Sunday was 5.9 degree Celcius, which was two degrees below the normal. Similarly, the maximum temperature of the city was also recorded to be 18.7 degree Celsius, three notches down the normal temperature. The maximum humidity was recorded 97 per cent and minimum at 67 per cent.

The weathermen have predicted heavy fog on Monday morning which will continued till afternoon followed by mist in the evening. ‘The fog will be get more dense in the coming days,’ say weathermen. On Monday the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 20 degree Celsius and minimum may go below 7 degree Celsius.
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