Thick fog engulfs Delhi-NCR, impacting flights & train ops

New Delhi, Dec 29 (UNI) A thick layer of fog engulfed the national capital and NCR region on Friday morning, impacting flights and train operations.

As per the Northern Railways, the eleven trains arrived late in Delhi due to foggy conditions. Mumbai-CSTM Amritsar Express, Farakka Express, Brahmaputra Mail, MCTM Udhampur- Delhi Sarai Rohilla, and Jammu Mail are among the trains that have arrived late.

The Rajdhani Express on the Delhi-Howrah route, is running late by 10 to 12 hours.

Meanwhile, the fog conditions at IGI airport improved significantly as the Lowest Visibility was recorded at 150 meters, while the Runway Visual Range (RVR) is at a range of 400 meters to 800 meters.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) maximum temperature was recorded at 21 degrees Celsius and minimum at 10.4 degree Celsius Friday, four degrees above normal.

The weather agency has predicted that dense to very dense fog conditions will remain across north Indian states for the next two days and gradually improve thereafter.

According to IMD, the cold wave conditions are very likely in some parts over Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi and West Uttar Pradesh and in isolated pockets over East Uttar Pradesh for the next two days.

Senior Scientist at IMD, Dr. R. K. Jenamani said dense fog conditions have deteriorated in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.

He informed that IMD has already issued a Red alert warning for dense fog conditions for Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh however, fog conditions in Delhi have improved.

During the last 24 hours, minimum temperatures of 8-12 degrees Celsius were recorded in most parts of Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Jharkhand.

The weather agency predicted the minimum temperature to hover around seven to eight degrees Celsius over the next five days.

Under the influence of a fresh “Western Disturbance” light rainfall or snowfall is very likely over Jammu-KashmirLadakh-Gilgit-Baltistan-Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand on 30th & 31st December 2023.

In South India, heavy rainfall is likely today in isolated pockets of the southern Tamil Nadu region.

In an advisory for dense fog, the Met department has asked drivers to use fog lights and travelers to stay updated on the schedules of airlines, railways, and state transport. Meanwhile, the air quality in the national capital remains in the ‘very poor’ category with the AQI level standing at 359.

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