Fog engulfs city, set to get thicker, be alert on eways

  • | Friday | 8th December, 2023

GURGAON:Visibility dropped to 600 metres on Thursday when shallow fog enveloped the city on Thursday.The citys minimum temperature on Thursday was recorded at 10.8 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature was at 23.7 degrees Celsius. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of dense to very dense fog in isolated areas and has issued a yellow alert in the state for the next two days. According to the department, the region will witness a gradual drop in temperature in the next five days. Further, visibility is also likely to drop in the city, affecting the traffic movement on highways. IMD said dense fog cover is likely to engulf several parts of the city in the next two days as a fresh extratropical storm is developing over the western Himalayan region. The maximum temperature, they said, would hover between 22 and 23 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature would be around 10 and 11 degrees. A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect Northwest India from December 11. Dense fog may affect isolated places in the state for the next two days, said an IMD official.In its fog advisory, apart from the risk of travelling in low visibility, IMD has also cited some health issues arising due to long exposure to fog. It can cause wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath among asthma patients. People may also complain of eye irritation or infection, it said.Meanwhile, the minimum temperature in Delhi was 9.2 degrees Celsius, the same as Wednesdays, which is also the lowest of the season. The weather department expects the temperature to start falling from Friday. The maximum temperature was 25.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above the seasons normal, against 26.4 degrees on Wednesday. The capital also witnessed a foggy day.According to the weather forecast agency, fog is categorised as very dense when visibility is between 0 to 50 metres. Visibility between 51 and 200 metres identifies fog as dense. Moderate fog is identified with a visibility of 201 to 500.Whereas, 501 metres to 1,000 metres of visibility is present in shallow fog conditions and over 1,000 metres are categorised as shallow.We also published the following articles recentlyAfter winters first dense fog over weekend, another spell likely todayDelhi experienced its first dense fog of the season on Saturday, with visibility dropping to below 200 meters at Palam. The Met department predicts more moderate to dense fog on Tuesday morning. Last winter, the city recorded over 100 hours of dense fog, the most intense spell in six years. Factors like moisture content, wind speed, and clear skies contribute to the formation of dense fog. Flight movement was impacted, with around 20 Delhi-bound flights being diverted on Saturday due to reduced visibility.Clear skies, chillier nights: Expect temperature to drop to 7 degrees Celsius by December 11Delhi is expected to experience chilly nights with the minimum temperature dropping to 7 degrees Celsius by December 11. The city recently recorded its lowest minimum temperature of 9.2 degrees Celsius. The dip in temperature is due to clear skies and north-westerly winds that bring cold air from the Himalayas. The day temperature will remain in the same range, but nights are expected to gradually become cooler than normal.Smog shrouds parts of Mumbai as minimum temperature drops below 20 degree CMumbai was covered in smog, reducing visibility. The smog was caused by easterly winds. The Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 116, categorizing it as moderate. Minimum temperature reached 21.3 degrees. Humidity levels were 85% at Colaba and 90% at Santacruz. Daytime temperatures recorded were 30.2 degrees and 31.5 degrees. Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar will have dry weather conditions till December 5. November had unseasonal rains with 39.5mm and 8.2mm of rainfall recorded.

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