Delhi fog: Over 300 flights delayed, 8 cancelled

Boost cold waves Air quality get'poor: Delhi

New Delhi and the larger National Capital Region (NCR) woke up to the season's densest fog New Year's day as extremely poor visibility marred flight and rail operations in the national capital.

Not only this, dense fog has engulfed the entire northwestern plains.

On Sunday moring, over 40 flights were diverted to other airports and several were cancelled. About 453 domestic and 97 worldwide flights were delayed.

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On Saturday, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 7.2 degree Celsius; the maximum temperature was recorded at 22.6 degree Celsius. "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". This is also an improvement, as RVR was in the range of 50-100 metres in the last two days.

The flight operations at the airport were halted for about five hours. Flights were stopped from taking off between 11 p.m. and 12 a.m.as visibility was nil. If pilots are trained in the CAT IIIB system, they are allowed to land the planes even if the runway visibility is below 50 metres.

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

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The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 21 degrees Celsius.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) at various places in Delhi fell to the "hazardous" category. "This is so far the worst fog we have experienced this year", R.K. Jenamani, director, Indian Meteorological Department Delhi area and the IGI. said.

People were also seen sitting on the floor and staircases as no chairs were vacant.

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