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Updated: January 4, 2010 15:44 IST

Drizzle gives some respite from foggy weather

Staff Reporter
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A family enjoys the Sunday drizzle at India Gate in New Delhi.
A family enjoys the Sunday drizzle at India Gate in New Delhi.

A day after dense fog and cold threw normal life out of gear in the Capital affecting air and rail services, visibility improved comparatively on Sunday and Delhi airport resumed normal operations barring disruptions owing to Saturday’s backlog.

“There was no problem with operations due to any weather issue on Sunday. Flight operations returned to normal with the drizzle helping in clearing the fog and improving visibility. The disruptions that took place were due to clearing of flights that were part of Saturday’s backlog. Things could well normalise fully by Monday, weather permitting,” an airport official said.

“Some flights that did get cancelled on Sunday were because of bad weather at the destinations. They included flights to places such as Leh and Amritsar,” he added.

According to unofficial estimates, about 50 flights were delayed and over 10 cancelled on Sunday owing to flight schedule going haywire on Saturday.

Meanwhile, train schedules continued to remain disrupted because of fog over North India with over 40 trains running behind arrival or departure schedules by several hours at various railways stations in the city. In addition, about five trains were also cancelled. They were Lichivi Express, Magadh Express, Intercity Express, Shah-e-Punjab and Shram Shakti Express.

Flight and train disruptions aside, the weekend ended on a note of surprise for Delhiites who were caught unawares by a slight but steady drizzle on Sunday because of passing western disturbance. Apart from grey skies, the drizzle also added to the chill factor forcing several Delhiites to abandon their weekend outing plan.

According to the MetDepartment, a total of 1.6 mm of rainfall was recorded by 8-30 p.m. on Sunday. The minimum temperature settled at 9.5 degrees Celsius as against Saturday’s 8.4 degrees. The maximum temperature on Sunday was 15.3 degrees Celsius. Foggy conditions are expected to continue with the weatherman forecasting fog in the morning on Monday and the possibility of a mainly clear sky in the later part of the day. The maximum and minimum temperatures on Monday are likely to be around 19 degrees Celsius and 9 degrees Celsius respectively.

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