Over 270 flights were delayed. This year's worst condition of fog has been experienced. About 35 flights were cancelled. The poor visibility also affected the train and flight services with over 56 trains delayed, 20 rescheduled and 15 cancelled. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius, an India Meteorological Department official said.
In neighbouring Rajasthan, at least four people were killed and four injured when their auto fell into a pond due to low visibility caused by fog in Bharatpur's Dig. "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".
The low visibility led to the cancellation of one flight and rescheduling of five domestic and seven International flights at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
Visibility improved to 2,000 metres later in the day and operations were restored to normal. 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.
In fact, this dense fog envelope would be responsible for a drop in the maximum temperatures over Delhi-NCR. The heavy blanket of fog engulfed the national capital region on the New Year morning.
At railway stations across north India, hundreds of passengers were also left stranded after multiple trains got delayed due to the thick fog today. The dense fog seems to create major problems for the visitors as the operations at the airport is severely affected.