Delhi Weather: Orange alert called for cold wave as National Capital Region (NCR) faces dense fog, airport issues warning for leaflets
Delhi continues to face cold conditions on Monday morning as the minimum temperature was recorded at 3.5 degrees Celsius which is the lowest this winter season. Meteorological officials said that a thick layer of fog was seen in several parts of the city. IMD has issued orange alert for cold wave today and tomorrow. Delhi is then expected to witness moderate fog conditions until January 20.
The minimum temperature during the past three days ranged between 3 to 4 degrees Celsius. On January 14, the minimum temperature was 3.5°C, on Saturday it was 3.6°C, and on Friday it was 3.9°C.
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According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, the minimum temperature recorded in Delhi today was four degrees lower than the season’s average. The maximum temperature was recorded at 20.6 degrees Celsius.
Amid severe fog conditions, Delhi Airport issued a warning to travelers, asking them to contact airlines before traveling. “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 post on ‘X’.
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According to the Meteorological Department forecast, Delhi will observe mainly clear skies with dense to very dense fog in the morning hours. Furthermore, cold wave conditions will persist. 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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The Indian Railways on Sunday informed that 22 Delhi-bound trains were delayed by one to six hours due to prevailing fog conditions.
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Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 398 under the ‘very poor’ category at 6:00 am, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. The CAQM on January 14 reimposed restrictions in accordance with the third phase of the Revised Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in the National Capital Region (NCR). GRAP restrictions were earlier removed on January 1. The air quality deteriorated to a dangerous level yesterday due to the Delhi Transport Department banning construction works and BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel vehicles in the city.
Moreover, the Delhi Education Department has ordered the reopening of schools on January 15 in physical learning mode for all classes. However, schools have been directed to operate after 9 am and finish by 5 pm.
(With agency inputs)
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