Fog Warning! The IMD warns of dense fog and cold waves as temperatures drop across Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and North India.


For the next five days, The IMD warns of dense fog and cold waves for Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi.

The IMD warns of dense fog and cold waves as temperatures drop across Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and North India.
The IMD warns of dense fog and cold waves as temperatures drop across Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and North India.

 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) anticipated very severe fog engulfing Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi in the next five days on Friday.

In an article on X, IMD said, “Fog Observed (0530 IST of today): Very dense fog in isolated pockets of Jammu-Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh, U.P, west Rajasthan; moderate to dense fog in isolated pockets of Delhi, East Raj.; Shallow to moderate fog in isolated pockets of West M.P, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar.”

The IMD has also issued a dense fog warning for Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh during the late and early hours until December 31.

In another post, IMD said, “Fog Observed (at 2330 hours IST of today, the 28th December): Very dense fog in isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh; Shallow to moderate fog in isolated pockets of West Madhya Pradesh.”

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi was 408 as of 9:19 a.m. on Friday, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), placing it in the severe category.

An AQI of zero to 50 is deemed “good”, 51 to 100 “satisfactory”, 101 to 200 “moderate”, 201 to 300 “poor”, 301 to 400 “very poor”, and 401 to 500 “severe”.

Earlier on Thursday, Delhi reported a low temperature of 8.4 degrees Celsius, which was somewhat higher than the seasonal average. Concurrently, the maximum temperature was recorded at 21.4 degrees Celsius, above the normal range, according to the IMD.

Fog has been declared a red alert in Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi for today, and an orange alert for tomorrow. Punjab has also been issued an orange alert for December 31. The IMD has issued a yellow fog warning for north Indian states until January 2.

These intense fog conditions have had a significant impact on transport systems, causing numerous aircraft and rail cancellations and delays. According to the most recent Northern Railways data, scores of trains, including the Rajdhani Express on the Delhi-Howrah route, are running 10 to 12 hours late.

Schools in Gautam Buddh Nagar, which includes Noida and Greater Noida, remain shuttered due to the extreme cold. The district administration has ordered that all schools be closed on December 29 and 30. Teachers and other staff members, on the other hand, would be required to work.

Social media images showed people sleeping inside Delhi shelter homes. A video posted by news agency ANI showed vision almost completely restricted around the Indira Gandhi International Airport at midnight on Thursday.

Meanwhile, as a cold wave and dense fog grip northern India, the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) published new guidelines on Thursday, restricting passenger bus operations in low visibility situations.

Buses are not permitted to operate when visibility is considerably limited due to fog, according to UPSRTC officials. The organisation has also asked bus operators to park their vehicles in safe areas and wait until visibility improves before resuming operations.

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