Cold grips north India: 35 trains cancelled, 14 delayed due to fog

4Chandigarh, At least 35 trains were cancelled while 14 were running late after dense fog engulfed the northern India. According to the Northern Railway, one train had to be rescheduled.
Dense fog affected several areas in Punjab and Haryana on Friday as cold wave conditions continued in both the states, a weather official said here.
At least 14 trains were running late, railway officials said.
Motorists had to face difficulty on highways due to dense fog in certain sections with low visibility.
Flights to and from Chandigarh and Amritsar airports were also affected with most of them operating with delay.
Dense fog engulfed Chandigarh on Friday morning with visibility reducing to 300 metres in some areas.
Chandigarh recorded coldest day of the season with the maximum temperature recorded at 11 degrees Celsius, nine degrees below the season’s average. The minimum temperature was recorded 8.8 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in Ambala and Karnal towns in Haryana were recorded at 10.3 and 10.6 degrees Celsius respectively on Thursday, making it the coldest day of the season there.
On Friday morning, Rewari town in Haryana recorded a minimum temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
In Punjab, Patiala and Ludhiana recorded the maximum temperature of 11.1 degrees Celsius while Amritsar had a high of 11.5 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, the season’s coldest day was also reported in Delhi on Friday with the minimum temperature recorded at 4.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average.
Also, 34 flights were delayed on Friday due to the poor visibilityi.
“The dense fog led to the delay of 34 flights. Four of them were to depart from Delhi, while the 30 others were to arrive,” said a statement from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
The city was engulfed by dense fog with the visibility slumping to 200 metre and the humidity at 8.30 a.m was recorded at 97 perccent, according to the weather office.
“Today was the season’s coldest morning. Dense fog in Delhi and it’s adjoining areas continue to affect the visibility. The weather is likely to remain the same in the coming days,” said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The sky during the day will be clear and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 18 degrees Celsius.
In Jammu, foggy weather continued for the third day on Friday with the Met department saying the it  was likely to continue for another three to four days.
The minimum temperature in Jammu city was recorded at five degrees Celsius on Friday while the maximum temperature was likely to hover around 10 degrees Celsius, the official said.
“Elsewhere in the Jammu region, Katra town recorded a minimum temperature of 3.6 degrees Celsius, Batote 1.5 degrees Celsius, Bannihal recorded a minimum temperature of 6.8 degrees Celsius, Bhaderwah minus 1.9 degrees Celsius and Udhampur town recorded 1.7 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature on Friday,” an official of the Met department said.
In Kashmir Valley, Srinagar city recorded minus 5.3 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam recorded minus 6.9 degrees Celsius, and Gulmarg recorded minus 5.5 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperatures on Friday.
In Ladakh region, Leh town recorded minus 16.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil town recorded minus 16.4 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperatures.
The Met official said the weather was likely to remain cold and dry during the next three to four days in Jammu and Kashmir.

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