Delhi shivers as rains bring temperature down; heavy snowfall in J&K, Himachal

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Over 320 trains were cancelled and 129 were partially cancelled on the first Sunday of 2019 as visibility dropped due to the fog in the capital. Flight operations have not been affected.

Delhi-NCR witnessed light rain early Sunday morning bringing down the temperature to 7 degrees Celcius. A blanket of fog descended over the region, making the day cold.

The city recorded its lowest pollution level of the year on Sunday after a spell of rain but the air quality remained in the ‘very poor’ category. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was 397 and thirty-one areas in the national Capital recorded ‘very poor’ air quality, while it was ‘poor’ in two areas, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. The AQI has been oscillating between the upper range of the ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ category for the past two weeks.

Over 320 trains cancelled due to fog

Over 320 trains were cancelled and 129 were partially cancelled on the first Sunday of 2019 as visibility dropped due to the fog in the capital. Flight operations have not been affected.

Multiple trains were delayed, including Doon Express from Dehradun to Howrah, which was delayed by nearly 7 hours, DBG-ASR Jannayak Express from Darbhanga to Amritsar, which was over 9 hours late, GangaSatluj Express, from Firozpur to Dhanbad, which was running nearly 10 hours late and Avadh Assam Express, from Lalgarh to Dibrugarh, which was over 7 hours late.

Flight operations affected in Bengaluru

Meanwhile, nearly 50 flights scheduled this morning between 6 am and 9 am were delayed from the Bengaluru airport due to fog. Some flights were diverted to nearby airports, including Chennai, reported ANI. Two flights, originating in Singapore and Goa, were directed to Chennai.

On Sunday, Alwar in Rajasthan recorded the coldest temperature in the plains, with night temperatures settling at 5.4 degrees Celcius, according to SkymetWeather.

Snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh

Heavy rains and snowfall were also observed at a few places in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and will likely continue over the next 24 hours and decrease thereafter, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Mandhol village of Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla also received fresh snowfall Sunday morning. Isolated to scattered rainfall is also likely over parts of northwest India during the next 48 hours. Due to cloudy weather and prevailing surface winds, isolated places in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and northwest Uttar Pradesh are likely to see temperatures dip during the next 24 hours.

On Sunday, maximum temperatures were 3.1°C to 5.0°C higher at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, East Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Saurashtra, Kutch, Coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. It was 1.6°C to 3.0°C higher in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha and Marathwada, and in several places in Madhya Pradesh.

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