North India shivering under cold wave, IMD forecast suggests no immediate relief | Latest News India

Winter has hit northern India with a relentless cold wave, leaving residents shivering in freezing temperatures. The IMD (India Meteorological Department) forecast leaves little hope for immediate relief, leaving people worried about this unprecedented weather situation. Let's take a closer look at the current conditions and near-term outlook for North India.

Delhi continued to shiver under the influence of an unrelenting cold wave on Saturday morning, accompanied by a thick layer of fog that disrupted the daily lives of residents and commuters.

Commuters amid thick fog on a cold winter day in Patna, Bihar, India, on Friday, December 12, 2024. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Several trains were delayed at Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station due to dense fog and severe cold spell.

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To combat the freezing temperatures, small groups gathered around bonfires on the streets and public squares to warm up.

Drone images from Munirka and Vasant Vihar areas showed fog shrouding the city, reducing visibility and reducing traffic on major roads and highways to a minimum.

The impact of the cold wave extended beyond Delhi as neighboring states experienced similar weather problems. In Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya was shrouded in thick fog, disrupting daily life. In Siliguri, West Bengal, thick fog also worsened the suffering of residents.

According to the India Meteorological Department, there is dense to very dense fog in many places in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh, severely reducing visibility and hampering transportation. Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan are grappling with isolated dense fog, creating difficult conditions for residents.

The IMD forecast that dense to very dense fog is likely to persist over northern India for the next five days. The weather office has forecast cold wave to severe cold over the plains of northwest India over the next three days with a gradual decline thereafter.

Dense fog is expected in isolated areas south of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim, North Madhya Pradesh, Jammu Division, West Rajasthan, Bihar, Odisha, East Rajasthan, Assam and Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura Times predicted the coming days.

In addition to the foggy conditions, the IMD forecast that cold to severe cold days will continue in many parts of Punjab and Haryana-Chandigarh on January 13, with cold days likely in isolated areas during the next three days. Isolated areas of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are likely to experience cold during the day today.

The national capital woke up to freezing temperatures on Friday as the temperature dropped to 3.9 degrees Celsius, which IMD officials said was the lowest temperature recorded this season.

The day's maximum temperature was 19.3 degrees Celsius, slightly below the seasonal average, adding to the cold wave gripping the region. IMD data showed Friday's minimum temperature for that date was the lowest since 2018. On January 12, 2017, the city recorded a minimum temperature of 3 degrees Celsius.

Railway officials said 23 Delhi-bound trains experienced delays of one to six hours due to dense fog.

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