Dense fog engulfs North India and brings down temperature in the region
A dense fog has gripped North India and the temperature has come down. However, Indian Meteorological Department has clarified that cold wave condition is yet to come. Talking to Akashwani News, Senior Scientist at IMD, Dr. R. K. Jenamani said that Rajasthan Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh are witnessing a thick layer of fog. He said that several airports in the region are witnessing low visibility.
IMD has forecast dense to very dense fog at a few places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and at isolated places over Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and north Madhya Pradesh during next two days. It has forecast light to moderate rainfall at isolated places over Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Lakshadweep during next four days. Fog is also likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.
Delhi also woke up to a dense layer of fog this morning. As of today, 14 trains arriving to Delhi are delayed. According to Delhi Airport officials, over 24 flights are facing delays in arrival and departure, and 12 flights got diverted due to the intense weather conditions.
The temperature in Delhi was recorded at 9.4 degrees Celsius earlier today. The India Meteorological Department has forecast mainly clear sky for the rest of the day. The overall Air Quality of Delhi NCR continues to be in the very poor category. According to Central Pollution Control Board, the city’s Air Quality Index was recorded 375 at 11 am today.
Continuously increasing cold completely affecting normal life in Punjab; Trains running late & road transport forced to crawl at a snail’s pace
In Punjab, the continuously increasing cold has completely affected normal life. Dense fog remained blanketed in many parts of the state till noon. A report says road, rail and air traffic has been badly affected due to the dense fog in Punjab for the last two days.
Many trains are running late and vehicles on the roads are also forced to crawl at a snail’s pace. There has been an unexpected increase in the number of road accidents due to reduced visibility.
The minimum temperature was recorded between 6 to 9 degrees Celsius in most parts of the state today. The Met Department has predicted that the current dry cold spell is likely to continue.