New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: People of Delhi and its surrounding national capital region on Wednesday woke up to a densely foggy morning with the minimum temperature settling at 7 degrees celsius accompanied with a chilling breeze.  

According to weather experts, the cold wind will direction will change and the cold northwesterly winds will blow in from the hills on Wednesday, which will lead to a dip in the temperatures further. The mercury is likely to drop to 6 degrees Celsius in the next two to three days as temperatures are expected to dip with the commencement of icy winds from the hills on Wednesday.

The dense to very dense fog was observed in Punjab, north Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi, Eat UP and Bihar at 5:30 am on Wednesday, said the Indian Meteorological Department. "Visibility recorded Patiala, Bikaner, Churu, Hissar, Delhi, Baharaich, Gorakhpur and Patna — 25 each; Lucknow-50," the Met department said.

Meanwhile, due to the dense fog, five flights were diverted as the Captain was not trained to land under CAT3 conditions, which are activated when the visibility of airdrops, at the Delhi airport. Apart from the flights, at least 22 Delhi-bound trains were delayed due to low visibility and a thick layer of fog in the Northern Railway region. Earlier on Tuesday also, as many as 25 North India-bound trains were delayed by over 5 hours.

A fresh western disturbance from January 28 onwards is expected to trigger "fairly widespread" rainfall in entire northwest India and "good" snowfall in the hills, the weatherman said.

Delhi witnessed calm winds and a cloud cover on Tuesday, which led an increase in pollution levels, with the minimum temperature recorded at 9.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal. The overall air quality index has been between 364 to 269, so far, this week.

Posted By: Talib Khan