Delhi Weather: A cold wave grips the city as the temperature drops to its lowest levels ever; IMD issues orange fog alert
Delhi continued to face cold conditions on Tuesday morning as the minimum temperature dropped to 3.3 degrees Celsius, the lowest this winter season. The maximum temperature stabilized at 19.7°C. The IMD has issued an orange alert for very dense fog. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, the minimum temperature recorded in Delhi today was four degrees lower than the season’s average.
According to the Meteorological Department forecast, Delhi will witness partly cloudy skies with dense to very dense fog in the morning hours today and tomorrow. Delhi is then expected to witness moderate fog conditions with clear skies until January 21. Furthermore, cold wave conditions will continue until tomorrow.
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A thick layer of fog covered the city over the past few days. On Monday, horizontal visibility was recorded at less than 200 meters in the city. For the last four days, the minimum temperature has been around 3 to 4 degrees Celsius. On January 14 and 15, the minimum temperature was 3.5 degrees Celsius, on Saturday it was 3.6 degrees Celsius, and on Friday it was 3.9 degrees Celsius. Railway officials informed that due to dense fog conditions, around 18 Delhi-bound trains were delayed for hours on Monday Years.
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Delhi Airport has issued an advisory to travelers, asking them to contact airlines before traveling amid severe fog conditions that delayed a number of flights for hours. “Due to dense fog, flight operations at Delhi Airport may be affected. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information,” the airport authority said in a social media post on X. “Any inconvenience caused is something we deeply regret,” she added.
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An official statement from IndiGo Airlines on Sunday said: “Due to low visibility and dense fog conditions across North India, IndiGo flight operations were impacted on 14 January 2024. This had a cascading impact on our operations throughout the day. Our staff kept passengers updated on all delays.” And cancellations through the airports and they made every effort to facilitate passengers. We deeply regret the inconvenience caused to our passengers.”
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An official statement from IndiGo Airlines on Sunday said: “Due to low visibility and dense fog conditions across North India, IndiGo flight operations were impacted on 14 January 2024. This had a cascading impact on our operations throughout the day. Our staff kept passengers updated on all delays.” “We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our passengers.”
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Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 341 under the ‘very poor’ category at 6:00 am today while it was 398 yesterday, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. The CAQM on January 14 reimposed restrictions as per the third phase of the revised Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in the National Capital Region (NCR) as the air quality deteriorated to severe category. Moreover, the Delhi Transport Department has banned construction and four-wheel drive vehicles running on BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel in the city.
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