Updated January 6th, 2024 at 11:51 IST

Schools Closed, Flights Delayed: 10 States on ALERT as Cold Wave Sweeps North India

Schools across north India were shut down after the cold wave and fog engulfed major metropolitan cities with IMD issuing alert for over ten states.

Digital Desk
Delhi fog
Dense fog engulfs the national capital | Image:PTI

New Delhi: Schools across north India were shut down after the cold wave and fog engulfed major metropolitan cities. In light of this, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a 'cold day' warning on Friday for several states in the region. With the alert, the meteorological department noted that some of the states in northern India can expect the temperature below 10 degrees Celsius.     

“Severe to Very Severe Cold day (minimum temperature ≤10°C) very likely at many pockets of East Rajasthan on 5th & isolated pockets on 6th January, 2024,” IMD wrote on X, formally known as Twitter. Amid the treacherous conditions, the Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Council recently declared winter holidays in schools across the state. The board stated that the winter break will be applicable until January 14, and will cover schools from pre-primary to Class 8. Here’s a look at some of the states and cities across that are under the radar of IMD to witness temperatures less than 10°C. The list also indicates how the government in this particular region are planning to extend winter breaks and change school timings.


Winter breaks extended and timings changed as Northern states put on high alert

  • Delhi NCR - All schools in the national capital will remain closed for six days as the cold wave and dense fog make it risky for people to commute. Schools in Noida will remain shut until January 6 and reopen on January 8.
  • UP -  When it comes to Lucknow, all institutions will be shut till January 8. The timings of the classes have also been changed from 9 to 12 to  10 am to 3 pm in Lucknow. Winter vacation has also been announced in Prayagraj till January 6. 
  • Jammu - The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced winter vacations for all schools in the state from December 6 to January 4.
  • Himachal - Primary school timings changed in Himanchal’s Una considering the bone-chilling conditions in the area. 
  • Punjab - The Punjab government has also taken the decision to change the school timings from 10 am to 3 pm. However, the school holidays have not been extended. 
  • Haryana - The authorities have extended winter breaks from January 1 to January 15. 
  • Rajasthan According to IMD data the the minimum temperatures, recorded at 8.30 am on Friday over the past 24 hours, ranged between 6-10°C in West Rajasthan and certain areas in East Rajasthan.

Additionally, the IMD noted that the following states will experience foggy conditions from January 6 and January 7.

  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Bihar 
  • Jharkhand 
  • Meghalaya 
  • Nagaland 
  • Manipur
  • Mizoram 
  • Tripura

Flights delayed due to dense fog

Multiple flights were delayed in North India due to the fog and harsh weather conditions. “#WeatherUpdate (06th Jan'24): Due to expected poor visibility in Amritsar(ATQ), Jammu(IXJ), Varanasi(VNS), Gorakhpur(GOP), Patna(PAT), Jaipur(JAI), Shirdi(SAG) and Darbhanga(DBR) all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights may get affected. Passengers are requested to keep a check on their flight status via,” Spice Jet wrote on X, formally known as Twitter. Fog and inclement weather conditions also affected several trains running to and from the national capital. 22 trains travelling towards the national capital were delayed on Friday due to fog conditions in the region. 


Published January 6th, 2024 at 11:51 IST

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