Delhi weather today: Dense fog covers the city for three days, and IMD expects a cold wave until tomorrow

Delhi weather today: Dense fog covers the city for three days, and IMD expects a cold wave until tomorrow

Delhi weather update: Delhi on Sunday woke up to a thick blanket of fog, as predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Dense to dense fog engulfed the city, reducing visibility to just 200 to 500 meters and causing major disruptions to air and rail travel. This foggy wave is expected to continue for three days, casting a cold shadow over Delhi and its residents.

The Meteorological Department expects a cold wave on January 14, with the maximum and minimum temperatures expected to settle around 19 and 4 degrees Celsius, respectively. Residents of Delhi are advised to prepare for continued cold weather and exercise caution while traveling due to persistent foggy conditions.

“Delhi Meteorological Department has forecast dense to very dense fog on January 14, 2024, and dense fog on January 15 and 16, 2024. We appeal to everyone to drive carefully in fog,” a Delhi Police official said. Posting on social media platform

People in Delhi are taking shelter in overnight shelters as cold wave conditions persist in the national capital.

On January 13, Delhi recorded its coldest night of the season, with the temperature dropping to 3.6 degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Dense fog covered various parts of the city, greatly affecting visibility.

The previous day, on January 12, the national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 3.9 degrees Celsius. The IMD revealed that the maximum temperature on January 13 reached 18.1 degrees Celsius, which is two degrees lower than the season average. Meanwhile, the minimum temperature dropped to 3.6 degrees Celsius, representing four degrees below the season average.

At 5:30 a.m., on January 13, visibility at Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s main weather station, was reported to be just 200 meters due to dense fog, according to IMD.

Adverse weather conditions disrupted railway services, causing a delay of 18 Delhi-bound trains for between one and six hours, railway authorities confirmed.

The IMD classifies fog severity based on visibility, defining very dense fog when visibility is between 0 and 50 metres, dense fog between 51 and 200 metres, moderate fog between 201 and 500 metres, and shallow fog between 501 and 1,000 metres.

Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) reached 399 at 4 pm, falling under the ‘very poor’ category, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The 24-hour AQI scale rates air quality from “good” (0-50) to “severe” (401-500).

Humidity levels ranged between 91 percent and 79 percent, which contributed to the overall weather conditions.

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