Flight to Dubai delayed as thick fog reduces visibility in Delhi
New Delhi - Visibility had dropped to zero early on Monday morning at Delhi airport.
Published: Mon 7 Jan 2019, 8:10 AM
Last updated: Mon 7 Jan 2019, 2:12 PM
At least 13 trains and several flights headed towards the national capital were delayed due to fog as the visibility dipped to zero metres on Monday morning.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the visibility dropped to zero metres for Palam between 6.30am and 7.30am while it was 200 metres for Safdarjung.
"Fog Alert - Low Visibility Procedures have been implemented at Delhi Airport... Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for the updated flight info," the official Twitter handle of the Indira Gandhi International Airport stated.
Runway Visibility Range of up to 50 metres is required for an aircraft to land, it said.
Jet Airways also announced, "due to adverse weather conditions (fog) at Delhi... some of our flights have been affected".
The delay included a flight 9W 546 headed to Dubai scheduled to depart at 10.50am, which was rescheduled for 11.40am. Check other flight status updates for the airline here.
The visibility improved at 8.30am to 50 metres.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 7.1 degrees Celsius, the season's average, with the rainfall at 8.30am, recorded at 1.6 mm. The humidity level was 100 per cent.
"The city will witness moderate fog throughout the day," an IMD official said.
The overall air quality of the city was recorded in the 'very poor' category with Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded at 340, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
On Sunday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 8.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, while the maximum settled at 19.6 degrees Celsius, the season's average.