A record fog layer has spread over Indo-Gangetic plains.
Dense fog has affected visibility in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh since Monday. It is extending from central Pakistan across the north Indian plains towards West Bengal. "It has severely affected aviation, railway and surface transport and caused colder day temperatures in these areas", said a senior MeT official.
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The government today said it was monitoring the situation and trying to bring some improvement in the system performance after flight operations at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport went for a toss due to the heavy fog in last three days.
Earlier yesterday, Delhi witnessed a foggy morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 7.4 degrees Celsius and the visibility stood at 800 metres. "The sky will be clear", an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. Dense fog is expected on Thursday with temperatures expected between 20°Celsius and 6°Celsius.
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Trains and flights were hit for the second day in a row as a thick blanket of fog enveloped the National Capital Region on Tuesday with visibility dropping considerably. It, however, forecast that the fog would continue for some more days.
Delhi airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings, called CAT IIIB.
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At least 15 trains were cancelled while 56 trains were running late and 20 have been rescheduled due to fog in several parts of northern India.