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Commuters travel during light rains on Wednesday morning in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)
Commuters travel during light rains on Wednesday morning in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Weather update: Dense fog, cold conditions to return across north over the next few days

  • IMD forecasts of scattered rains over the north-western plains during the next 24 hours, after which it will begin to decrease
  • As rainfall activity begins to decrease, the moist cool air would lead to formation of fog, causing low visibility during early morning hours, the IMD forecast said

NEW DELHI : Dense foggy conditions are set to return in the National Capital Region (NCR) Thursday onwards, as rainfall begins to subside leaving high levels of moisture in the air just above the surface.

The latest forecast from India Meteorological Department (IMD) suggests that there is still probability of scattered rains over the north-western plains during the next 24 hours until Thursday morning, after which it will begin to decrease. Parts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand could also witness thunderstorms and lightning during the period.

But as rainfall activity begins to decrease, the moist cool air would lead to formation of fog, causing low visibility during early morning hours. Very dense fog is expected over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttrakhand, Delhi and North Rajasthan in the morning hours of 10 and 11 January.

With icy cold winds blowing from the north, both minimum and maximum temperatures are also likely to come down during the next few days, bringing back the cold conditions over the region.

According to the forecast, maximum temperatures could fall by 4-5°C and minimum temperatures by 3-4°C over north-western plains Thursday onwards, leading to cold conditions from 9th-11th. There could even be a cold wave in certain isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi around January 10th.

However, there could be some relief after January 11, when another fresh western disturbance is expected to impact the western Himalayan region. According to IMD, there would be another spell of fairly widespread rainfall over northern regions of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh from January 13-15.

Parts of northwest India could also expect some scattered rainfall in isolated areas after Sunday. The weather would remain generally dry in Delhi untill 12 January.

On Wednesday, the maximum temperature was recorded to be normal at 19 °C at Safdarjung, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 12.5 °C, which was 5 °C above normal. A total of 6mm rainfall was recorded in Safdarjung.

Meanwhile, the brief spell of rains has washed off the excess pollutants in the air, improving the air quality in the region. The Air Quality Index (AQI) has dropped to 235 (poor category) on Wednesday and as per government’s monitoring service, SAFAR, no quick deterioration is expected till the weekend, except during the fog on January 10th.

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