Fog envelops Delhi, flights disrupted

Thursday, February 17, 2011

NEW DELHI - Thick fog enveloped the capital Thursday morning, delaying scores of flights and leading to several being cancelled due to poor visibility conditions at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.

The minimum temperature recorded at 9.8 degrees Celsius, dipped one degree below the normal for this time of the season.

“About 10 flights were diverted due to foggy conditions in the morning,” an airport official told IANS.

The visibility was below 125 metres due to which many flights were delayed and several cancelled.

Passengers had a harrowing time, with many being made to board flights and wait for hours. A Jet pilot told passengers that at least 60 flights had queued up at the runway.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the skies will be clear later in the day and there is no possibility of rain.

“The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 23 degrees Celsius,” a met department official said.

The humidity level was recorded at 97 percent.

Delhi received sporadic rain Wednesday. The minimum temperature settled at 12.3 degrees Celsius, a degree above normal, and the maximum temperature was 22.7 degrees, a notch below the average.

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