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Delhi fogged up on New Year Day, flights, trains disrupted 

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) A thick blanket of fog engulfed the national capital and its suburbs on the New Year Day with visibility dropping to zero, hitting domestic and international operations at the Delhi airport and delaying trains departing from and arriving to Delhi.

With mercury at 5.7 degrees Celsius, dropping a notch below the season’s average on Sunday night, hundreds of passengers braved the morning chill as they remained stranded for hours at the airport and Delhi railway stations.

“Delhi woke up to worst fog of the season. Most of the northwestern plains are in its grip. 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”.

All the terminals at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport were packed with passengers, who drove on fog-covered roads to catch their morning flights. 

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

The flight operations at the airport were halted for about five hours. However, the visibility improved as the late morning sun broke through the blinding cloud cover, allowing some flights to take off around 11 a.m. 

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

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