Delhi shivers at 1.9 degrees Celsius and fog delays trains and flights

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New Delhi:

The minimum temperature in Delhi’s Safdarjung was 1.9 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department said on Sunday, amid a chill that gripped parts of northern India.

Meanwhile, Ayya Nagar also recorded a minimum temperature of 2.6 degrees Celsius in Delhi, while Lodhi Road recorded 2.8 degrees Celsius and Palam recorded 5.2 degrees Celsius, the IMD added.

Dense fog covered Delhi and adjoining areas on Sunday morning, reducing visibility. Cold and foggy conditions continue in the capital and neighboring states.

Around 20 flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport were delayed on Sunday due to foggy weather and other operational issues, a Delhi airport official said.

A Northern Railway spokesman said 42 trains were delayed between one and five hours due to the fog.

The IMD has forecast cold and cold days to persist over northwest India for the next two days till Monday.

According to the Met Office, the minimum temperature is likely to rise by around 2 degrees Celsius in many parts of India’s northwest plains in two days from Tuesday. East India is likely to see a significant change in minimum temperatures over the next three days till Tuesday followed by a rise of around 2-3 degrees Celsius.

In Madhya Pradesh, the minimum temperature is likely to drop by 2 to 3 degrees in the next two days till Monday, and there will be no significant change in the next three days till Thursday, the Met Office said.

“Thick and very dense fog may continue at some/most places during night and morning due to light winds and high humidity prevailing over the Indo-Gangetic plains. In isolated pockets in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for the next two days till Monday and for the next three days in the region,” the IMD said.

Very dense fog is likely in isolated pockets over Uttarakhand, north Rajasthan, Bihar, West Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Assam and Tripura for the next three days till Tuesday, the Met office said. January 8-9 remote parts of northern Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh.

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