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Updated January 17th, 2024 at 09:26 IST

Weather Update Today: Mercury Dips to 4 Degrees Celsius in Delhi, No Respite from Cold Wave, Fog

On Tuesday, the IMD had predicted that fog will become more dense and extend over remaining parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab

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On Wednesday morning, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 4 degrees Celsius | Image:PTI
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New Delhi: On Wednesday morning, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 4 degrees Celsius. On Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted that fog will become more dense and extend over remaining parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab and some more parts of north Rajasthan and north Madhya Pradesh during the night.

The temperature in Punjab’s Ballowal (Nawanshahr) District was recorded at -0.4 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. Severe cold wave conditions are likely to occur in the coming two-three days, said AK Singh, Director, IMD, Chandigarh. 

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Meanwhile, the Republic Day parade rehearsal took place at Kartavya Path.

Republic Day parade rehearsal took place at Kartavya Path | Image: ANI

People Take Refuge in Night Shelters Amid Cold Wave

Several people took refuge in government-run shelter homes to shield themselves from the freezing weather. The night shelters in Delhi are aimed at providing a refuge to homeless people who live on the streets and have nowhere else to go in the cold. The shelters offer blankets, beds, hot water, and food to those seeking shelter.

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As per the MeT department, fog is considered to be 'shallow' when the visibility stands up to 500 metres. 'Moderate' fog occurs when the visibility remains up to 200 metres. As the visibility is up to 50 metres, the fog is categorised as 'dense'. It is categorised as 'very dense' when the visibility reaches below 50 metres.

Cold Wave, Fog Alert Extended

IMD Scientist Soma Sen addressed the prevailing weather conditions in Delhi and North India, highlighting the minimal change expected in the minimum temperature on Tuesday.

"In Delhi and in North India, we are not expecting much change in the minimum temperature. Maybe a onedegree rise is likely because of the sunny skies, but foggy conditions will persist. Low cloud conditions may also continue for the neighbouring regions, because of which Haryana and Punjab will see severe cold day conditions for the next two to three days. We are not expecting any sudden change in either temperature or cold conditions... The intensity of the cold will gradually decrease, which is a seasonal effect," IMD Scientist Soma Sen said. Despite a gradual decrease in cold intensity, Sen projected ongoing foggy mornings, cold days, and cold wave conditions across the plains for at least the next two days.
 

Earlier on Monday, visibility was recorded as 'zero for the first time this winter season in Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan, Patiala, Ambala, Chandigarh, Palam, Safdarjung, Bareilly, Lucknow, Bahraich, Varanasi, Prayagraj, and Tezpur, as per the weather department. Meanwhile, people were seen sitting around bonfires as the city saw a thick blanket of fog.

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Several Flights, Trains Delayed Due to Fog

Several flights departing from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport were delayed.

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"My flight is more than two hours late due to the bad weather. However, we cannot blame anyone. We cannot do anything about it," a passenger told ANI.

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Passengers were seen waiting at the New Delhi Railway Station (NDRS) as several trains got delayed amid poor visibility due to the fog.

"I am travelling to Kerala. My train, Kerala Express, is five hours late from the scheduled time," a passenger told ANI.

"We sit around bonfires to protect ourselves from the cold weather. There has been a constant rise in the temperature since the beginning of January," a man named Rahimali told ANI.

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Published January 17th, 2024 at 07:45 IST

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