Dense fog engulfs Delhi-NCR, visibility zero


As of last updating this report, there were no cancellations though as many as 20 flights had been delayed.

The passengers had driven through fog-covered roads to the airport but the operations at the airport were severely affected for around five hours in the morning, as the runway visibility dropped below 50 metres.

On Saturday, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 7.2 degree Celsius; the maximum temperature was recorded at 22.6 degree Celsius. This is also an improvement, as RVR was in the range of 50-100 metres in the last two days. "Day temperature will fall significantly", Mahesh Palawat, Vice President at Skymet Weather, said, adding the minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees was "lowest minimum of the season". The three-hour suspension of flight operations meant that it took hours for the backlog to clear.

Departures require a visibility of at least 125 metres, while planes can land in visibility below 50 metres if the pilots are trained in CAT IIIB technology for low-visibility landings that allows qualified aircraft to land in visibility of 25-50 metres. 15 have been cancelled, the Northern Railways said.

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Tuesday began on a very cold note for Delhi-NCR people with a dense fog covering the sky in the entire region. The maximum was likely to hover around 21 degrees. The Indian Meteorological Department yesterday had predicted dense fog for today morning and mist/shallow fog during the day, prediction that came completely true as citizens in Delhi woke up in the New Year.

Pollution levels in the capital also shot up.

Many tweeted photos of the overcrowded domestic terminal where passengers could be seen sitting on floors and staircases.