135 trains running late as dense fog continues to hit northern India

At least 135 trains were running late and about 22 trains were cancelled due to dense fog conditions.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 24, 2016 9:21 am
A foggy polluted evening at the Vijaypath facing the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on monday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 071215 A foggy polluted evening at the Vijaypath facing the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Dense fog on Sunday affected normal life in most parts of north India which continued to reel under cold weather conditions.

At least 135 trains were running late and about 22 trains were cancelled due to dense fog conditions, news agency ANI reported this morning. The maximum temperature stood at 21 degrees Celsius while the minimum was at 8 degree Celsius.

On Saturday, too, Delhi saw dense fog conditions that later gave way to bright sunlight. The maximum temperature on Saturday settled at 22.2 degrees Celsius, one notch above the normal, while the minimum was 4.6 degrees Celsius.

Delhi had on Friday recorded the lowest temperature of the season with mercury dipping to 4.2 degrees Celsius.

Cold conditions continue to prevail in Jammu and Kashmir as the mercury continued to settle below the freezing point owing to the dry weather even as dense fog disrupted air and rail traffic in Jammu.


Srinagar registered a low of minus 5 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night’s minus 5.3 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in Kargil, in Ladakh region, went up nearly two notches from the previous night’s minimum of minus 16.4 degrees Celsius to settle at a low of minus 14.6 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.

The mercury in the nearby Leh town settled at a low of minus 16.2 degrees Celsius, same as that of the previous night.

Punjab and Haryana also reeled under freezing cold conditions Saturday with the mercury hovering well below normal level in most areas even as a thick cover of fog engulfed the region, affecting normal life.

The minimum temperature in most areas dropped to several notches below normal. Foggy weather prevailed in the region early on Saturday disrupting normal life and affecting air, rail and road traffic.

Cold wave swept the Union Territory of Chandigarh, where the minimum temperature settled at 3.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, the local MeT office said.

There was no relief from biting cold conditions even during the day for Chandigarh residents as icy cold winds restricted the maximum temperature to 13.7 degrees Celsius, six notches below normal.

In Haryana, Ambala recorded a minimum temperature of 4.5 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, while the day temperature in the town yesterday settled at 12.3 deg C.

Hisar recorded its minimum at 4.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal, followed by Naraul 3.4 degrees Celsius and Karnal 3 degrees Celsius.

Amritsar in Punjab reeled under severe chill with the city recording a low of 3.5 degrees Celsius. There was no relief for the residents of Ludhiana and Patiala, with both towns recording below normal minimum temperatures of 4.6 and 6.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.

In Rajasthan, the minimum temperatures in most parts were recorded between 4 and 9 degrees Celsius barring Mt Abu, the sole hill station in the state, where the mercury settled at freezing point.

Dabok was coldest in the plains with a low of 4 degrees Celsius followed by Churu and Sriganganagar that recorded minimum of 4.4 and 5.4 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ajmer and Barmer recorded minimum of 5.8, 6.4, 6.5, 7 and 8.5 degrees Celsius respectively.

With additional inputs