Fog increased with cold in the plains of North India, then the frost on the mountains increased the misery, also affected the operation of the railway

The whole of North India is battling with severe cold and fog these days. The peaks are covered with snow due to heavy snowfall on the mountains. The icy winds have increased the shivering. According to the Meteorological Department, it will be partly cloudy on Friday in other plains including Delhi. Mahesh Palawat, Vice President, Skymet Weather, said that three new Western Disturbances are becoming active one after the other on January 16, 18 and 20. Due to their effect, there will be snowfall on the mountains, while there may be light rain around January 19 and 20.

The minimum temperature in Delhi was 5.8 degrees Celsius.

Dense fog was seen in the capital Delhi on Thursday morning. It was cloudy all day. The minimum temperature was 5.8 degree Celsius. Visibility was around 100 meters in Palam and Safdarjung areas till 10 am. The humidity level in the air ranged from 69 to 100 percent. The peaks have turned white after snowfall in most of the hilly areas in Uttarakhand. In such a situation, a large number of local tourists are reaching the major tourist destinations along with the outside states. Traffic routes were also disrupted in many areas due to heavy snowfall. However, all the routes in Chardham have been made smooth. The Dhanaulti-Chamba road could be opened for small vehicles late in the evening after being closed for the third consecutive day.

Cold day declared in many areas

Due to the recent snowfall in the mountains and rain in the plains, cold winds are blowing in parts of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. Cold day situation prevails. A cold day is declared when the minimum temperature is less than 10 °C and the maximum is 4.4 °C below the normal. A severe cold day is declared when the day’s maximum temperature is 6.5 °C below normal.

Air pollution figures grim

After a few days of respite, the air quality of Delhi NCR has once again returned to its old standard. According to the Air Quality Bulletin released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi’s air quality index was recorded at 321 on Thursday. It was 191 on Wednesday, which means it has increased by 130 points within 24 hours. The level of PM 2.5 was 135 and the level of PM 10 was 228 micrograms per cubic metre. SAFAR India forecasts that the air pollution situation will remain almost the same for the next three days.

Rail passengers suffering due to fog

Due to fog, the operation of trains has been affected, due to which the problems of the passengers have started increasing. Most of the Rajdhani Express arrived late on Thursday from their scheduled time. Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express reached New Delhi Railway Station with a delay of about three and a half hours. Several other long distance trains were also delayed by one to four hours.