Winter tightens grip on capital; mercury slides to 10.2 deg C

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) Winter today tightened its grip on the capital with the mercury plummeting to 10.2 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal, making the day the second coldest of the season so far.

The day started with the familiar chill in the air and a light veil of fog enfolded the city. But as the day progressed, the sky cleared, making way for the sun to shower its warmth on the people of the city. Though a blanket of smog dimmed the capital for a few minutes, the sun managed to penetrate the darkness and peeked out.

The slump of the mercury had started from Saturday when it recorded 12.8 degrees Celsius, making the day coldest of the season till then.

The maximum during the day was recorded at 27.2 degrees, which was one degree below normal, providing Delhiites a sigh of relief from the early morning chill.

Visibility on the runways of the airports of the city was also affected, forcing some airlines to change their schedules. Motorists also had a tough time driving in the morning due to what meteorologists described shallow fog.

Mist and fog would continue to be regular phenomena for the city residents in the days to come and the weatherman forecasts no respite from either of them but provided a reprieve, saying the sky would more or less be clear tomorrow.


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