Delhi witnesses first episode of very dense fog, visibility drops to nil

Delhi under fog blanket on New Year flights trains disrupted

On Saturday, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 7.2 degree Celsius; the maximum temperature was recorded at 22.6 degree Celsius. In the wake of this, several flights to and from Delhi were canceled or delayed by a few hours, leaving several passengers stranded at the airport. A large number of flights and trains were delayed. As of last updating this report, there were no cancellations though as many as 20 flights had been delayed. "This is so far the worst fog we have experienced this year".

In neighbouring Rajasthan, at least four people were killed and four injured when their vehicle fell into a pond due to low visibility caused by fog in Bharatpur's Dig. Yesterday, 13 trains were cancelled due to low visibility and operational reasons whereas, 36 others were delayed and two were rescheduled.

Delhi airport used advanced technology, CAT IIIB for low-visibility landings. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius.

A visibility of at least 125 metres is needed for a flight to take off.

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The visibility which was 1,500 metres at 3.30 a.m. dropped rapidly to zero at 5.30 a.m.

Thick fog covered most parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region on Day One of 2018.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) at Delhi's Shadipur was recorded at 332, and Siri Fort at 388 - both in the "hazardous" category. The dense fog seems to create major problems for the visitors as the operations at the airport is severely affected. While no departure from the airport took place during this five hour period, the arrivals also were affected due to visibility issues.

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