The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts persistent dense fog and severe cold wave conditions in North India. Train delays at New Delhi Railway Station add to passenger woes.
New Delhi, January 18, 2024 – In a recent update, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forewarned that dense to very dense fog, coupled with cold day to severe cold day conditions, is expected to persist over North India for the next four days. Severe cold wave conditions are particularly anticipated to prevail over the plains of Northwest India during this period.
According to the IMD weather forecast:
- Light to moderate rainfall is predicted in certain areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Sikkim, and Northeast India on January 18.
- Minimum temperatures in Northwest India are expected to rise by about 2°C, with no significant change thereafter.
- East India may witness a rise in minimum temperatures by 2-4°C, and no substantial change is anticipated thereafter.
- The rest of the country is likely to experience no significant change in minimum temperatures over the next five days.
The IMD has further highlighted the persistence of severe cold wave conditions in Punjab and Haryana-Chandigarh on January 18-19, followed by cold wave conditions in the region on January 20 and 21.
Cold wave conditions are also anticipated to prevail in Himachal Pradesh on January 18, West Uttar Pradesh on January 20-21, and over north Rajasthan during January 19-21, 2024.
In an update on dense fog predictions:
- Very dense fog conditions are expected to persist in East Uttar Pradesh until January 19.
- Uttarakhand is likely to experience very dense fog conditions on January 18.
- Dense fog conditions are predicted in north Rajasthan during January 18-20, as well as in north Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura during January 18-19. Similar conditions are expected in Himachal Pradesh on January 18.
The IMD emphasizes that severe cold day conditions are very likely to continue in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh on January 18-19, with cold day conditions persisting in some parts on January 20 and 21.
Severe cold day conditions are also expected in some parts of West Uttar Pradesh on January 18, with cold day conditions prevailing in isolated pockets during January 19-21.
Northwest Madhya Pradesh is anticipated to experience severe cold day conditions on January 18-19, while isolated pockets of Bihar may witness cold day conditions during January 17-21, along with cold day conditions in Rajasthan on January 18.
Train Delays Cause Passenger Disruption at New Delhi Railway Station
As the cold wave tightens its grip, commuters at New Delhi Railway Station are facing inconvenience due to delayed train services. As of January 18, 18 trains to Delhi from various parts of the country are running late owing to dense fog conditions. Among the delayed trains, the Jammu Tawi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express is delayed by 1 hour and 45 minutes, the Bangalore-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express by one hour and 10 minutes, and the Bhubneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express by three hours and forty-five minutes. Passengers are advised to plan their journeys accordingly, considering the prevailing weather conditions.