Indian railways: Chill in North caused cancellation of 70 trains due to fog

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New Delhi | January 14, 2016 11:16 PM

Cold conditions prevailed in north India with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir shivering at minus 13.2 degrees Celsius while dense fog affected road and rail traffic in the region, leading to cancellation of 70 trains.

Indian railwaysDelhiites too experienced a slight chill in the air as overcast conditions prevailed in the national capital with foggy conditions in parts of the city. (PTI)

Cold conditions prevailed in north India with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir shivering at minus 13.2 degrees Celsius while dense fog affected road and rail traffic in the region, leading to cancellation of 70 trains.

Delhiites too experienced a slight chill in the air as overcast conditions prevailed in the national capital with foggy conditions in parts of the city.

While flight operations were normal, as many as nine Delhi-bound trains, including Guwahati Rajdhani and Poorva Express, were reported to be running late and 70 trains were cancelled due to fog.

Visibility at 5.30 AM was 500 meter which improved to 700 meter at 8.30 AM. It then further improved to 1000 meters as the day progressed.

The maximum temperature settled at 19 degrees Celsius, a notch below the normal while the minimum temperature was recorded at 13.6 degrees, which is six degrees above normal for the season, said MeT department official.

The humidity in air oscillated between 96 and 69 per cent.

Cold conditions also prevailed in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan with mercury dropping by few notches.

Kashmir registered a slight improvement in night temperatures even though the mercury mainly stayed below zero degrees across the Valley.

The forecast by the Meteorological Department here is for mainly dry weather during the better part of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ — the 40-day harshest period of winter ending January 31 — thus suggesting that there will be little relief from the prevailing winter chill.

“The atmosphere is highly stable and the weather will continue to remain mainly dry for about 10 or more days,” Director, Meteorological Department, Kashmir, Sonam Lotus, told PTI here.

The mercury rose by nearly two notches in Kokernag to settle at a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius.

While the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 4.2 degrees, Pahalgam had the mercury settle at minus 4.4 degrees.

In north Kashmir’s Kupwara, the minimum settled at minus 2.5 degrees, the official said.

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