Mercury rises in Delhi, foggy day ahead

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) It was a cloudy and pleasant Monday morning in the capital with the minimum temperature rising to 11.6 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal.

The weather office said cloudy conditions since Sunday night had led to the rise in temperature. ‘Clouds trap heat. Hence, the minimum temperature was higher,’ an India Meteorological Department official here said.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 19.7 degrees Celsius. The humidity wavered between a high of 93 and a low of 74 percent. Persisting fog brought visibility down to around 200 metres on Monday morning from 300 metres Sunday evening.

According to the Northern Railway website, six trains were rescheduled due to fog. Besides, 23 were delayed and 27 cancelled.

The Met office has forecast Tuesday as a foggy day with dense fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 20 and 9 degrees, respectively.