Delhiites woke up to a foggy morning on Friday with the minimum temperature plunging below five degrees Celsius. A thick blanket of fog enveloped the Capital this morning reducing visibility, but not affecting air, rail and road traffic. It, however, lifted as the day wore on.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 4.8 degrees Celsius making it one of the warmer winter days.
According to the Met Department, the next few days could be bit rough. “The rain bearing western disturbance that had been hovering over Jammu and Kashmir has now glided away from the Valley. Thanks to the western disturbance, Kashmir experienced a bit of snowfall and drizzle a few days ago. As a rippling effect, there is a dip in Delhi’s temperatures as well,” said a weather official.
What has added to the chill is the constant Northwesterly wind that touches the frosty hilly states and the Himalayas on its way to the Capital, bringing in gushes of cold. “It’s dry, cold wind,” the official added.
All weather indicators spell colder days ahead. For the next few days—January 14-16 to be exact, the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting under the Ministry of Earth Sciences has predicted a chill that is horribly close to the season’s coldest temperatures.
“The minimum temperature will be 3 degrees Celsius on these days. And the days will be windy as well. The night temperatures will start falling from Saturday,” said Dr JB Singh, Director, NCMRWF.
The reason behind this is, again, a western disturbance. “On January 15 and 16, a feeble western disturbance will come over Jammu and Kashmir. It may not cause major change in the Valley’s weather, it will certainly cause cold wave in the planes after it passes the hilly northern states,” he said.
The good news is, the notorious spell of fog, the kind which is infamous for bringing Delhi to a halt often during winters, may not get to bare its fangs in the next few days. While shallow fog is predicted in the next 24 hours, “its intensity will be rather innocuous”, the duty officer at the Palam Met office said.
Visibility on Friday was down to 200 meters. But the fog did not affect the IGI airport, which is often at the receiving end of a fog spell. “That is how the next few days will be,” Singh said.