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Severe cold, fog add to winter chill in city

Severe cold, fog add  to winter chill in city
Delhiites on Wednesday woke up to yet another chilly morning with dense fog enveloping several parts of the national Capital, affecting movement of 74 trains and disrupting flight operations.

Minimum temperature dropped to 5 degrees Celsius, which was three notches below normal, according to the MeT department.

Air services were also affected as over 70 flights were delayed, an official with Indira Gandhi International Airport said. 

Foggy conditions at the Palam observatory till 8.30 am on Wednesday morning reduced visibility to zero while Safdarjung observatory recorded visibility at 150 metres. Predicting party cloudy skies, the weatherman said that maximum temperature may rise to 17 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. 
“The skies will remain partly cloudy today and maximum temperature is expected to settle at 17 degrees Celsius,” an official of the department said.

The official also said that humidity level recorded till 8.30 am was 97 per cent.

“There will be dense fog tomorrow (Thursday) morning and the day will be mainly clear,” said another official of the India Meteorological Department.

Dense fog has severely affected most of the North-bound trains, including Rajdhani Express coming from Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati and Kolkata. According to Northern Railway official, foggy conditions have affected about the movement of 74 trains, include Seemanchal Express, Mahananda Express, Purushottam Express besides Rajdhani. 

On Tuesday, the minimum temperature was recorded two notches below the season’s average at 6 degrees Celsius. 
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