Dense fog, icy winds continue to ravage the Capital

With dense fog and icy winds continuing to ravage the city for the third consecutive day on Friday, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to keeps its schools closed this Saturday.

The maximum temperature on Friday dipped to a low of 14.6 degrees Celsius, seven degrees below normal for this time of the year.

Disruption of air traffic continued with visibility being less than 50 metres and some flights landing using the CAT-IIIB instrument landing system. About 71 delays, four cancellations and 19 diversions were reported at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Another 11 flights were cancelled due to bad weather at the destinations and 13 due to operational reasons. Around 125 flights were also delayed due to operational reasons.

Rail services fared no better with 21 cancelled and five partially cancelled trains up to January 31 due to the thick fog.

According to the weatherman, the grim weather is likely to continue with dense fog forecast for Saturday morning, with a minimum temperature of 6 and a maximum of 17.

The cold is likely to get severe next week as the minimum temperature has been forecast to hover between 6 degrees and 8 degrees Celsius with the maximum oscillating between 18 degrees and 20 degrees Celsius.

The city experienced the coldest day of the season on Tuesday when the maximum daytime temperature dipped to a low of 14 degrees Celsius.

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