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Dense fog in Delhi-NCR as temp drops to 7°C, cold wave sweeps through north India

In some parts of north and north-west of the country including Delhi, even today, there was a thick cover in many places. According to the Meteorological Department, Delhi, UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir will experience severe cold in the next few days.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The effect of severe cold is now visible in the whole of North India including the national capital Delhi and NCR. Dense fog was observed since this morning due to the continuation of the cold wave in Delhi, due to which vehicles are moving at a slow speed on the road. The minimum temperature was recorded at 7 degree Celsius. According to the Meteorological Department, there is no possibility of much change in temperature. The mercury will keep going up and down like this till the new year. Cold wave and cold will continue to disturb for two days.

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Dense blanket continued to prevail at many places in the north and parts of the northwest of the country today, with temperatures falling in many towns and cities as a severe cold wave swept across the region. According to the Meteorological Department, in the next few days, there will be severe cold in UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and hill states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir including Delhi. Snow was seen in Rajasthan’s Mount Abu on Monday.

The temperature remained below zero in most areas of Kashmir. Water supply lines and the inner parts of Dal Lake have also frozen in many areas. Skymet Weather’s Vice President (Meteorology and Climate Change) Mahesh Palawat said that due to Western Disturbance, there has been fresh snowfall in the hilly areas on December 25-26 and cold winds from the northwest are reaching the national capital through the plains.

“The humidity level has increased due to the Western Disturbance and due to this dense fog has dimmed the sunlight and brought down the temperature,” he said. Let’s go Dense to very dense fog prevailed in parts of National Capital Region, Haryana, Punjab, West Uttar Pradesh and North Rajasthan on Monday.

Visibility remained zero in Bathinda in Punjab and Bikaner in Rajasthan, while visibility dropped to 50 meters and below in Ambala, Hisar, Amritsar, Patiala, Ganganagar, Churu and Bareilly. According to the Meteorological Department (IMD), there will be fog in these areas for the next few days. According to IMD, ‘very dense fog’ when visibility is between zero and 50 metres, ‘dense fog’ between 51 meters and 200 metres, ‘moderate fog’ between 201 meters and 500 meters and ‘moderate fog’ between 501 and 1,000 metres. But ‘light fog’ is considered.

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Schools Closed In UP, Bihar
Schools have been closed for students up to class 8 from Monday till year-end in view of cold wave conditions in Bihar`s Patna, the district magistrate said in a notice. “In view of the cold wave conditions, schools in Patna will remain closed for students up to class 8 from December 26 to December 31,” the DM said.

Due to the cold waves, schools in two districts of Uttar Pradesh have been also closed. The decision to close schools was made by the District Magistrates of Bijnor and Badaun districts to ensure the safety and well-being of students.

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