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Nearly invisible: Visibility took a beating due to thick fog. A scene along Tiruchi-Chennai Bypass Road near Senthanneerpuram in Tiruchi on Friday.
Nearly invisible: Visibility took a beating due to thick fog. A scene along Tiruchi-Chennai Bypass Road near Senthanneerpuram in Tiruchi on Friday.

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: City residents woke up to an unusually foggy morning on Friday. A thick blanket of fog hung over the City and its surroundings, reducing visibility, slowing down road traffic and disrupting operations at the airport.

Residents were taken by surprise over the fog cover over the past two days, as it was a rare phenomenon in the City at the beginning of summer. On Thursday morning, slightly foggy conditions prevailed but on Friday it was as if a cloud cover had engulfed the city. Vehicles had to move slowly with their headlights on. The fog dispersed only by 9 in the morning. Though the day-time temperatures have risen sharply over the last few days and nights were warm, chilly conditions prevailed on Friday morning.

Owing to “poor visibility,” operations were affected at the Tiruchi Airport for about a couple of hours. The Sri Lankan Airlines Colombo-Tiruchi-Colombo flight, scheduled to arrive here at 8.10 a.m., was rescheduled and landed here at 10 a.m.

The Mihin Lanka flight, also on the Colombo-Tiruchi-Colombo sector, was diverted back to Colombo.

The flight was also rescheduled and arrived here by 11 a.m.

Officials of the Meteorological Office at the Tiruchi Airport said visibility was reduced to 100 metres between 6.30 a.m. and 8.50 a.m. They termed it an abnormal and rare phenomenon in an interior place such as Tiruchi.

When contacted over the telephone, S. R. Ramanan, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, told The Hindu that the fog was a manifestation of the moisture in the atmosphere. “Clear sky, high humidity and absence of wind make for favourable conditions for fog,” Dr. Ramanan said.

Meanwhile, residents were gearing up for a possibly very hot summer, going by the sudden and sharp rise in the day-time temperature, which hovered around 36-37 degree Celsius over the past few days.

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