The prevailing foggy conditions and low visibility resulted in disruption of train services across northern India. At least 36 trains were delayed, 28 cancelled and 9 rescheduled, as the temperature rose by a few notches to 6.4-degree Celsius on Sunday morning.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi will be enveloped by dense fog, while the maximum temperature could reach up to 20 degrees. “The minimum temperature at Safdarjung Observatory wa recorded at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below the normal while the maximum is expected to be 20 degrees Celsius. “The weather stations at Lodhi Road, Palam, Ayanagar an Ridge recorded 5.2, 5.8, 6.7 and 7.4 degrees Celsiu respectively,” a MeT Department official said
Multiple trains have been cancelled in the last few days because of the cold wave that has gripped northern India. On Saturday, the Indian Railways had to cancel 28 trains while 49 were delayed and 13 rescheduled.
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To avoid delays in train services owing to poor visibility, Indian Railways has installed fog safety devices in a few trains that run through northern belt. The device is equipped with a GPS-based system and will alert the driver of approaching signals on the track.
Apart from this, the Railways has also initiated a toll-free SMS service to at least 1,373 trains, including Garib Rath, Duronto and some Premium trains. Passengers who have provided their mobile numbers during e-ticket or counter ticket (PRS) bookings can avail the toll-free services that will keep them informed about the train delays or cancellations.
The visibility recorded early morning was 400 m and 50 m respectively at Safdarjung and Palam Observatories, a MeT Department official said. The relative humidity at 8:30 am was 100 per cent. The weartherman has forceast a clear sky with moderate to dense fog tomorrow morning and mist in the day time
With minimum temperature recorded at 4.2 degree Celsius in New Delhi, Saturday was the coldest day of this season. The cold wave and foggy conditions are expected to continue over the week.