Delhi-NCR battles dense fog, disrupting travel and choking skies – Top weather updates

The IMD said that shallow fog was expected in several parts of Delhi on January 30 (Tuesday).

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Delhi residents experienced a frosty Tuesday morning shrouded in dense fog, significantly impacting visibility and disrupting travel across the city and neighboring (NCR) regions. Similar conditions prevailed in parts of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana, prompting warnings from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

IMD report on Delhi-NCR weather

"Very dense fog" warnings were issued for isolated pockets of Northwest Rajasthan and East Uttar Pradesh, while "moderate fog" shrouded sections of Punjab, Haryana, and West Uttar Pradesh. Delhi itself witnessed patches of thick fog blanketing major thoroughfares like Janpath Road, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, and Nirankari Colony.

Taking it to X, IMD said, "Very dense fog in isolated pockets of northwest Rajasthan; dense fog in isolated pockets of East Uttar Pradesh; moderate fog in isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana and West UP and shallow fog in isolated pockets of Delhi."

The chilly bite continued, with the minimum temperature in the national capital hovering around 8 degrees Celsius and the maximum struggling to reach 22 degrees Celsius, as per the IMD advisory.

Flights, trains impacted in Delhi

Air travel faced immediate repercussions, with Delhi Airport issuing a statement acknowledging potential disruptions for non-CAT III compliant flights.

Passengers were advised to stay updated with airlines regarding potential delays and cancellations.

Rail services also felt the fog's impact, with major Rajdhani Express trains like Mumbai Rajdhani, Banglore Rajdhani, and August Kranti Rajdhani Express facing delays exceeding two hours.

Delhi AQI in very poor category

Adding to the woes, the city's air quality remained alarmingly high, falling under the "Very Poor" category with an AQI hovering around 328. This further exacerbates health concerns for residents already grappling with the fog's respiratory challenges.

While the fog is expected to dissipate later in the day, its immediate impact highlights the vulnerabilities exposed by such weather conditions.

From disrupted commutes to potential health complications, the dense fog serves as a stark reminder of the need for better infrastructure and preparedness to mitigate such disruptions in the future.