Traffic visibility disrupted by fog as cold wave grips Delhitext_fields
New Delhi: Delhi residents awoke to a chilly morning and dense fog ok Monday that reduced visibility in some parts of the city and affected rail and road traffic.
"A minimum temperature of 7 degrees Celsius was recorded in Delhi," said the Meteorological (MeT) office.
The MeT office said that the cause of this abrupt drop in temperature was a layer of thick fog and moderate but icy winds from the North.
"Northwesterly dry and cold winds will continue over Northwest India. However, the intensity of fog may decrease leading to a marginal increase in day temperatures and abatement of the cold wave from parts of West Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana. The minimum temperature may also increase marginally," said the MeT office.
"Light snowfall is going on over the upper reaches of the Western Himalayas. Another Western disturbance is expected around December 30 and 31st. Moderate snowfall is possible during that time. Temperatures may dip once again on New Year's eve," he said.
The authorities at the national capital's Indira Gandhi International airport in the early hours of Tuesday also issued an advisory and said they requested people to get in touch with their service providers for updated information on flight schedules.
"While landings and take-offs continue, flights not equipped for low visibility operations may get affected. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information," said the airport authorities in a tweet.
"Cold Day/Severe Cold Day Conditions very likely in some parts over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and West Rajasthan and cold day conditions in isolated pockets over Uttarakhand on 26th and 27th December 2022," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said.
"Due to prevailing light wind and high moisture in lower tropospheric levels, Dense to Very Dense Fog is very likely to continue over some parts of Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi and West Rajasthan during the next 48 hours," the IMD had said on Monday evening.
With inputs from IANS