1. Dense fog engulfs North India, flights at Delhi, Lucknow airports delayed

Dense fog engulfs North India, flights at Delhi, Lucknow airports delayed

A dense fog cover has resulted in low visibility in North India including Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh and parts of eastern Rajasthan.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 30, 2016 11:52 AM
According to the Indian Meteorological Department's (IMD) predictions, shallow to moderate fog is most likely to cover Delhi (AFP) According to the Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) predictions, shallow to moderate fog is most likely to cover Delhi. (AFP)

Season’s first fog has engulfed almost the entire North India including the National Capital Territory of Delhi. A dense fog cover has resulted in low visibility in most parts of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh and parts of eastern Rajasthan. Owing to this several flights have been cancelled and delayed in Delhi and Lucknow. Many Delhi-bound train services were also affected. The morning traffic was very slow in Delhi. The Delhi Metro service were also affected. According to the Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) predictions, shallow to moderate fog is most likely to cover Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, western Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim for at least the next six days.

The passage of Western Disturbances and a depression in the Bay of Bengal have changed the wind patterns to Easterly Winds, which has increased the humidity level. These factors combined together have created the dense fog across the northern plains of India.

In Delhi, Palam reported dense fog with visibility dropping to 400 meters between 6AM to 7AM. RK Puram, Saket, AIIMS, Dhaula Kuan, East of Kailash, Noida and Faridabad also reported similar fall in visibility, Sky Met reported.

Likewise, the minimum temperature in Delhi has also dipped. Having experienced a pleasant weather for past few days, Delhi got colder with the minimum temperature falling sharply to 9.7 degree Celsius on Tuesday morning, which is so far the lowest temperature of this season. The Air Quality Index (AQI) also remained ‘severe’ in Delhi. As of 8:30AM – PM were above permissible limits. Places in Delhi that recorded severe/hazardous AQI are Anand Vihar at 401, Shadipur at 373 and RK Puram at 333.

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