The city witnessed its first foggy day of the season on Wednesday with a thick blanket of fog reducing visibility to 200 metres early morning.
Four vehicles — two dumpers and two trucks — collided on Sohna-Gurgaon road on Wednesday during the wee hours because of the dense fog.
No casualty was reported, the police said. Commuters were advised by the Meteorological department to switch on fog lights while travelling on national highways and internal roads. Commuters were cautioned to maintain a speed of less than 50km/hour on national highways to avoid any untoward incident.
The minimum temperature dropped by 3 degrees on Wednesday, which is consistent with the average temperature over the past one week. Minimum temperature was 12 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, down from 15.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. The maximum temperature was 28.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the region will witness moderate to dense fog in the morning throughout the week and a cold wave condition would prevail over the region for the next few days.
“The temperature is expected to decline this week and the minimum will remain around 8 degrees Celsius,” said an IMD official.
Weatherman also forecasts rain in the region in the next few days after which the temperature is expected to dip further. This is be because a fresh western wind will reach the region by the end of the week, bringing with it a cold spell, he said.
Because of low visibility, commuters had a tough time travelling on Wednesday morning and the traffic on the expressway was affected.
According to the Met department, dense fog will continue to stay and people should take precautions while commuting.
No sun was visible throughout the day and a chill greeted the residents of the city. Residents were seen covered in warm clothes.
“We can feel the chill in the air as throughout the day, the sun was not visible. Commuting was difficult as the visibility was low,” said Kanika Sharma, of Sector-15 A.