North India is shivering due to severe cold and outbreak of dense fog and cold waves will increase in North India including Delhi. Due to dense fog, 14 Delhi-bound trains are running late. There is a possibility of a cold wave in some parts of Punjab on 29th December and cold wave conditions will prevail in isolated parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and North Rajasthan on 1st and 2nd January.
People in the national capital got some respite from the cold on Wednesday, although this respite is only for a few days and the outbreak of cold is expected to increase again in January. The Safdarjung observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 6.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. The minimum temperature was recorded at 5.6 degree Celsius on Tuesday and 5 degree Celsius on Monday. Due to dense fog, 14 Delhi-bound trains are running late.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), people will get some relief from dense fog and cold wave for the next 48 hours, but from December 31, the outbreak of dense fog and cold wave will increase again. Dense fog and cold wave may occur in most areas of northwest India in the first week of the new year.
According to IMD, there is a possibility of a gradual increase in the minimum temperature by 2-3 degree Celsius over the plains of northwest India during the next 2 days. But after that it may drop by 2-3 degrees.
Cold wave likely in Punjab: There is a possibility of cold wave in some parts of Punjab on December 29 and cold wave conditions will prevail in different parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and North Rajasthan on January 1 and 2. During this, there will be dense fog in Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and North Rajasthan.
Churu coldest in Rajasthan: In the last 24 hours, Churu in Rajasthan was the coldest. On Tuesday night, the mercury dropped there and reached 0.6 degrees. During this period, the minimum temperature remained between 3-7 degree Celsius in many parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and adjoining North Madhya Pradesh.
Dense to extremely dense fog observed in most parts of Punjab, many parts of Haryana and isolated parts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday morning while dense fog was observed in isolated pockets of Uttarakhand, Odisha, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Bihar and Tripura.
Mahesh Palawat, vice-president of the Meteorology and Climate Change Department of ‘Skymet Weather’, said that due to the Western Disturbance, there was snowfall again in the mountains on December 25-26, after which the north-west cold winds are now blowing in the plains.
The system has become less marked over Maldives and adjoining Comorin area. A fresh Western Disturbance is expected to reach Western Himalayas from the night of 29th December. During the last 24 hours, light rain occurred over parts of Tamil Nadu, South Coastal Andhra Pradesh, parts of East Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Dense fog may occur over parts of Punjab, Haryana, North Rajasthan, West Uttar Pradesh and Delhi during next 24 hours. Cold day conditions are likely to subside further during the next 24 hours and may be observed only over a few pockets. Dense to very dense fog is expected over many parts of North India.