Delhi Records Lowest Temperature in 5 Years Blanketed with Dense Fog

Delhi Records Lowest Temperature in 5 Years Blanketed with Dense Fog

Over 137  flights have been delayed and many international flights diverted as the Capital city shivers at 2.6 degree Celsius, the lowest in 5 years. Dense fog enveloped the city reducing visibility to less than 50 meters. Over 80 trains have been delayed or cancelled due to the extremely poor visibility.  Even as Delhi continued to reel under severe cold wave, there will be no respite from the weather conditions as mercury is expected to dip further in the coming week.

Delhi’s all time low of 1.1 degrees Celsius was recorded on 26 December, 1945.

The Indira Gandhi International Airport closed for around five hours from 5.45am to 10.45am today, due to zero visibility. Airport authorities reported that flight operations were severely affected due to the weather conditions. A total of 93 flights were affected, including six flights cancelled, 73 delayed and 17 diverted.

Other areas in North India have also been struck by the cold-wave dropping the mercury to minus 4.7 degree Celsius at Jammu & Kashmir and minus 17 degree Celsius at Leh-Ladakh. These are the coldest regions in the country followed by Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan & past of Uttar Pradesh.

The weather prediction in Delhi for the following month of January 2015 is an average of 21 degree Celsius maximum and 7 degree Celsius minimum and there could be unpredictable covers of Fog. Flight operations are cancelled when visibility drops to less than 50 metres, the minimum clearance limit for runways to operate.

Check the status of international and local flights arriving at New Delhi to avoid delays and be notified in case of cancellation of flights.

Extreme weather conditions frequently lead to flight schedule disruptions. The European legislation (see Regulation 261/2004) states that flight delays for over three hours, cancellations and denied boarding entitles passengers to a compensation of up to €600 per passenger from the airline. The reimbursement laws in India are not clear and the Airlines should be contacted to know their delay/cancellation policies.

 

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