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Updated: December 27, 2009 20:40 IST

Foggy mornings ahead for Delhi

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Fog cover at Delhi Cantonment near the IGI airport in New Delhi. The national capital is gripped by a persistent cold wave. File photo
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Fog cover at Delhi Cantonment near the IGI airport in New Delhi. The national capital is gripped by a persistent cold wave. File photo

Foggy mornings lie ahead for the residents of the capital with the minimum temperature set to hover around six degrees Celsius, a weather department official said Sunday.

“There will be fog in the morning but the sky will remain clear during the day,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The minimum and maximum temperatures will be around six degrees Celsius and 23 degrees Celsius, respectively.

The capital saw a chilly morning Sunday with a minimum temperature of 5.5 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature of 22.7 degree Celsius. Commuters had a tough time as they battled reduced visibility on the roads due to fog.

“The minimum temperature was 5.5 degrees, at least three degrees below the average. Last year, it was 7 degrees on Dec 27,” the official added.

As predicted, the city witnessed moderate foggy conditions with the visibility at 200 metres, the official said. Apart from the thousands of commuters who drove cautiously on Delhi roads, the start of the last one-day cricket match between India and Sri Lanka here was also delayed by at least 15 minutes.

“It was a bit hazy in the morning and we drove slowly to avoid any accident,” said Dipayan Das, an advertising professional who lives in east Delhi.

“It's certainly cold and we are not taking any chance while going out of our home. Two layers of woollens and a cap is what I am resorting to these days,” Mr. Das added.

According to the IMD official, the weather conditions were normal for this time of the year.

“It's very normal. Expect a maximum of around 22 degrees on Sunday and on Monday, the minimum may increase to six degrees. More than the temperature, it is the chilly wind that is affecting Delhiites,” the official added.



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