IMD Alerts Northern Indian States to ‘Cold Day’ Conditions with Persistent Dense Fog

January 5, 2024

New Delhi, 05 Jan: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a ‘cold day’ warning on Friday for several states in northern India, anticipating temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius. In its latest bulletin, the weather department mentioned the likelihood of dense to very dense fog persisting during nights and mornings across the northwest region for the next two days.

According to the IMD data, the minimum temperatures, recorded at 8.30 am on Friday over the past 24 hours, ranged between 6-10°C across most parts of Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, West Rajasthan, and certain areas in East Rajasthan and West Uttar Pradesh.

“Cold Day to Severe Cold Day conditions are likely to continue over some parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Rajasthan during next 2 days and significantly decrease thereafter,” IMD wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

The weather department further said that a dense fog is expected in the mornings in specific areas of east Uttar Pradesh from January 6 to 9. Additionally, over west Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura, the foggy conditions are expected from January 6 to 8. Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Odisha may experience this fog on January 6 and 7.

The IMD also indicated the possibility of isolated light rainfall in northwest and central India between January 8 and 10.

In terms of categorisation, a ‘cold day’ is acknowledged if the maximum temperature drops between 4.5-6.4 degrees below the seasonal norm. If temperatures fall 6.5 degrees below the normal range for the season, it is labelled a severe cold day.

Parts of Delhi experienced dense fog on Friday morning, while the minimum temperature settled at 9.4 degrees Celsius, according to IMD data. The IMD had predicted that the national capital may encounter shallow to moderate fog and cold day conditions in some areas throughout the day.

Authorities have issued an orange alert for Delhi, anticipating shallow to moderate fog and cold day conditions in select areas. Palam recorded a visibility of 50 meters, indicating dense fog, at 8am. Poor visibility led to delays in around 22 trains, news agency PTI reported quoting railway officials.

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