Delhi is expected to see extremely low temperatures because of cold wave over the next three days, with a minimum temperature of just 7 degrees Celsius on January 3, according to IMD.
On Thursday morning, a thick fog across the country’s northern and northeastern regions caused extremely low visibility, disrupted daily activities, and delayed airplane operations.
According to data from the India Meteorological Department, the cold wave is still holding strong over Delhi-NCR, with Thursday morning’s minimum temperature being recorded at 7.3 degrees.
The national capital is predicted to reach a maximum temperature of about 15 degrees today, and the IMD added that there will probably be less fog during the next two days.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said that on Thursday, the air quality in a number of Delhi neighborhoods remained “very poor.”
“At 08:30 IST today, the following fog conditions were reported: Very Dense fog over Jammu, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh, West Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar; Dense over Delhi, Uttarakhand, East Rajasthan, East Madhya Pradesh, and Tripura; and Moderate over West MP, Odisha, and Manipur. The Department of Meteorology (IMD) declared.
The public was also issued a health advice by the IMD, cautioning of lung-related health risks as a result of cold waves and dense fog.
“Dense fog contains particulate matter and other pollutants and in case exposed it gets lodged in the lungs, clogging them and decreasing their functional capacity which increases episodes of wheezing, coughing and shortness of of breath”, the IMD said.