A thick blanket of dense fog enveloped Delhi and NCR reducing visibility and affecting air traffic and vehicular movement in the streets on Monday. Several flights and trains were also hit by the fog. Airlines like IndiGo and SpiceJet have tweeted about poor visibility and asked passengers to keep a track of their flight status. “Due to poor visibility in Delhi, our flights are impacted. Do keep a track of your flight status. For rescheduling/cancellation, please visit Plan B,” the airline tweeted. SpiceJet tweeted, “Due to bad weather at Delhi (DEL), all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights might get affected. Passengers are requested to keep a check on their flight status.”
Delhi Airport informed that due to bad weather, flight operations are affected. CAT III B compliant aircraft and pilots are currently able to land. Passengers are requested to stay in touch with the airline concerned for updated flight information.
Meanwhile, some relief from the cold wave conditions in north India is expected today with a slight rise in the temperature in Delhi, south Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. According to a Skymet Weather forecast, a cyclonic circulation is persisting over southeast Rajasthan. The system is likely to intensify and shift further northwestwards. Due to its presence, the wind pattern will change in Rajasthan, hence relief would be seen from cold wave conditions, IANS reported.
The minimum temperature, in degrees Celsius, recorded at various stations of Delhi on Sunday was 2.8 at Lodi Road, 3.2 at Palam and 3.4 at Safdarjung.
In its forecast for the next five days, the IMD has said that considering minimum temperatures and its trend, cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are very likely in some pockets over Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and cold wave conditions in some pockets over sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim and in isolated pockets over Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha on December 30 morning and cold wave conditions very likely in isolated pockets over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and East Rajasthan on December 31 morning but abating thereafter.
-With Agency inputs