According to the India Meteorological Department, following a short relief on New Year’s Day, cold wave conditions resumed in Delhi on Wednesday as chilly winds from the Himalayas swept down the plains. The temperature in Delhi dropped to season’s lowest at 4.4 degrees Celsius
At least 21 trains to Delhi were delayed for a few hours due to the fog, according to a Railways spokesperson. An official at the international airport said that five flights were diverted to Jaipur on Monday night due to bad weather in the national capital.
Shallow fog blanketed portions of the city early in the morning, making it difficult to see and slowing traffic. The thick to extremely dense fog that settled over the plains and the neighbouring central and eastern areas of the nation disrupted both rail and aviation travel, as reported by the news agency PTI.
“Due to fog and low cloud cover, severe cold day conditions were observed over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. Cold day conditions were observed over some pockets of Delhi and isolated areas in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh,” said IMD officials The IMD predicts that the national capital will see moderate to intense fog for the next two days and that the cold wave will return this weekend.
It also predicted that the thick to extremely dense fog and chilly day conditions that have been prevalent in the northwest of India for the last few days would persist for at least another four or five days. Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab are just a few of the states that fall within this category.
If the temperature in the plains falls below four degrees Celsius, or if it rises beyond ten degrees Fahrenheit, the meteorological service will issue a cold wave warning.