Heavy fog engulfed parts of the city with the minimum temperature settling at a notch below normal. Five flights diverted as the captain was not trained to land under CAT conditions. The Agartala-Anand Vihar Terminus Rajdhani Express was delayed by over one hour while the Varanasi-New Delhi Kashi Vishwanath Express was delayed by over three hours.
Delhi woke up to dense fog on Wednesday morning, which the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said is due to reduced wind speed. The temperature on Wednesday morning was 7 degrees Celsius.The visibility was below 200 metres. Delhi airport officials said that five flights have been diverted due to bad weather, as the pilots were not trained to land under low visibility (CAT III ) conditions.Dense fog engulfs Delhi; flights diverted, trains running late
Giving an update on flight operations at 7 am, the airport official said there was dense fog but no "flight has been cancelled" yet.
It was a cold foggy Tuesday morning in the national capital with visibility dropping to 50 metres affecting flight schedule and causing cancellation of over 300 trains. The air quality in Delhi-NCR remained 'severe' for the fourth consecutive day as high humidity, low wind speed and drop in mercury prevented the dispersal of particulate matters. At 8.30 a.m., the humidity was 100 per cent; visibility dropped to 50 metres at Palam with a spate of flight delays at the Delhi airport.Delhi: Fog disrupts flight operations at IGI airport; air quality remains'severe'
While departures were halted, arrivals continued at Delhi airport the period saw 10 diversions during the period, primarily, due to pilot be non-compliant in low visibility landing procedures.
Amid 'severe' air pollution quality in Delhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the city government will implement the odd-even scheme "whenever required". Speaking to the media, he said the Delhi government was doing its part, but everyone should contribute to reducing the air pollution. "People should also think about their role in controlling the pollution level," he said.Delhi air remains 'severe'; Kejriwal puts onus on people
Operations at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here were affected due to the low visibility and at least 15 flights were delayed.
At least 14 trains were cancelled, over 60 delayed and 18 trains has been rescheduled due to the thick fog in several parts of the northern India.
The Delhi Fog Campaign Pune helped scientists forecast the zero visibility fog of the morning of January 8, about 6 hours in advance with high level of accuracy, reducing problems of at least some flyers.
The mercury also dropped to 5.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average although it was yesterday recorded at 9.1 degrees Celsius.
Urban heat island refers to the higher temperature seen in a city compared with adjacent rural areas because of intense concrete development and reduced green cover. Warmer temperatures help fog dissipate.
A total of 24 domestic flights and 12 international flights were delayed. Two domestic flights were also cancelled.
According to the Indian Meteorological department, general visibility improved to 200 metres at IGI as compared to zero metres the past two days.
Departures at Delhi airport were halted for two and a half hours on Monday morning due to fog on New Year’s Day.
Hundreds of passengers at several railway stations in north India were also left stranded after multiple trains got delayed due to the thick fog Delhi woke up to on Monday.
Even as flight operations resumed at around 11 a.m., the three-hour delay led to bunching up of flights which took hours to clear up.
Normal flight operations has resumed at the airport now, however, passengers traveling throughout the day will face delays.
Delhi woke up to a foggy morning today as the minimum temperature settled at 6.8 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.
IMD and Pune-based IIITM will set up instruments at the Indira Gandhi International Airport and at Pusa Institute for starting observations from December.
The national capital saw yet another chilly morning as the temperature dipped a notch below the normal while dense fog disrupted rail operations, affecting over 55 trains.
The minimum temperature recorded this morning was 7.2 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal, a MeT official said.
"The minimum temperature recorded this morning was 9 degree Celsius, two notches above the normal for this part of the year," a MeT official said.
The aviation regulator has also directed the airlines to reschedule non CAT III aircraft between 10 AM to 8 PM.
Flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, however, were not affected in the morning, airport officials claimed.
The Met reports that with this development, not only wintry chill will make a comeback but pollution levels are also expected to spike.
The humidity was recorded at 91 per cent till 8.30 AM. The MeT department has predicted a clear sky for the day.
Dense fog continued to keep the capital in its tight clutch for the second day in a row with passengers left stranded as flights and rail traffic were disrupted on Tuesday.
The record for the highest maximum for January was 32.5 degree Celsius recorded on the 28th of 2004. The record minimum is -0.6 degree Celsius recorded on 16th of the month in 1935.
Under the new rules put in place, the visibility range has been brought down from 175m to 150m for operation of large aircraft and 150m to 125m for smaller planes.
The minimum temperature in the city settled at 9.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, a MeT department official said.
Nitin Gadkari had favoured restricting red beacon to only constitutional authorities - President, Vice-President, PM, CJI and LS Speaker.
To ease travel experience, Met department is working on a plan to send SMS and email alerts to passengers with 18-hour forecasts before flights.
Fog hit movement of more than 60 trains today leading to cancellation of operations of 31 trains and delaying other trains.
Fog enveloped the capital for the second day today, reducing visibility below 50 metres in the morning hours and affecting air and rail traffic.
Fog reduced visibility at the IGI airport here partially affecting operations with nine domestic and international flights diverted to nearby cities.
Airlines are discovering that their fleet insurance packages are insufficient to cover them from losses arising out of flight cancellations.
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