Fog shrouds parts of north India, train operations hit
Parts of north India were shrouded by fog which led to cancellation and rescheduling of many trains, even as sub-zero temperatures prevailed at night in most parts of Kashmir division.
Dense to very dense fog engulfed many places in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, while isolated places in Bihar, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim witnessed shallow to moderate fog in the morning hours, the MeT department said.
In Delhi, shallow fog in the morning led to cancellation of 17 trains while 90 are running late and 40 have been rescheduled. Dense fog engulfed many parts of Kashmir Valley, including summer capital Srinagar, leading to poor visibility and causing difficulty to motorists, a MeT department official there said.
Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.5 degrees Celsius, down from previous night's 0.1 degrees Celsius, an official of the MeT department said. The minimum temperatures were above normal in several parts of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Chandigarh recorded a minimum of 8.4 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal, while Ambala in Haryana recorded a low of 10.3 degrees Celsius, up two notches against normal. In Punjab, Amritsar registered a low of 11.5 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal, while Ludhiana's minimum settled at 11.1 degrees Celsius, up three notches.
Uttar Pradesh's Etawah, which recorded 8.2 degrees Celsius, was the coldest place in the state.