Delhi and many other parts of northern India have been battling fog as the winter chills intensify. This week there have been several road accidents due to poor visibility. The fog has disrupted rail and air traffic. On Saturday, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport informed air travelers that “low visibility procedures” are in place. Today, he stressed that all flight operations are normal, “but passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines for updated flight information.” Meanwhile, authorities in all states are understood to have taken precautionary measures against accidents caused by the foggy conditions, including suspending night buses, lowering speed limits in some areas and changing school timetables.
Here are the top five developments related to fog:
1) Northern parts of India experienced dense fog on Friday with cold wave conditions witnessed in northwestern areas of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, with temperatures falling below 8 degrees Celsius in the national capital, blanketing most of them. Delhi-NCR, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD).
2) The latest IMD bulletin stated that “dense to very dense fog” will prevail over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh during the next 48 hours as high humidity and light winds persist at lower tropospheric levels. -Gangetic plains. He further stated that the minimum temperatures in northwest India will not change significantly in the next four to five days.
3) In Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, the minimum temperature is expected to remain unchanged in the next 24 hours before dropping by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius. Cold wave conditions are very likely in isolated pockets of Punjab and Haryana from December 25 to 27 due to dry Himalayan winds over the northwest plains of India.
4) The national capital saw a drop in temperature on Friday as the day’s minimum settled at 5.3 degrees Celsius, the lowest of the season. Visibility in the city was reduced to 500 metres, causing delays in road and rail traffic, with nearly 21 trains running late. The maximum temperature settled at 20.1 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal and the lowest recorded in the season so far.
5) Apart from the foggy conditions in North India, the IMD has forecast heavy rains over parts of South India, south coastal Tamil Nadu on 25th and 26th December and south Kerala on 26th December. On December 27, heavy rainfall warnings were issued for Lakshadweep.
(with contributions from agencies)