Friday, March 1, 2024

Delhi shivers: Coldest nights prompt red alerts and travel disruptions

For the second consecutive night, Delhi experienced its coldest night of the winter, reaching a minimum temperature of 3 degrees Celsius in Aya Nagar, the last village on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road. The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert due to the prevailing cold and dense fog conditions in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).

Delhi experienced a minimum temperature of 3.9 degrees Celsius last night as the cold wave persisted over the Delhi-NCR region. The IMD reported minimum temperatures of 3.4 degrees in Lodi Road, 3.6 in Safdarjung, 3.9 in Ridge, and 5.8 in Palam.

Weather-related conditions in Delhi and various parts of the country have caused delays ranging from 1 to 6 hours for eighteen trains heading to Delhi. Additionally, low visibility due to fog has led to delays in flight operations at the Delhi airport, as reported by news agency ANI.

The India Meteorological Department reported that at 5:30 am, the visibility at Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s primary weather station, was recorded at 200 meters. Images revealed a dense fog layer covering various areas of the national capital this morning.

At 9 am, the Air Quality Index (AQI) for Delhi registered at 365, as per data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The AQI categories range from ‘good’ (0-50) to ‘severe’ (401-500).

The IMD said red alert has been issued in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh and yellow alert, in view of cold and foggy conditions, has also been issued in Rajasthan.

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