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Dense fog likely over Northwest India around New Year’s Eve, says IMD

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Coupled with the “cold snap” to the “severe cold snap” in northwestern India, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted dense to very dense fog with visibility of less than 50 meters in some parts of the region. December 30 and 31 and January 1.

IMD in its impact-based bulletin released Monday said dense to very dense fog is likely over Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, northwestern Uttar Pradesh on December 30, 31 and January 1.

“In Delhi, we expect moderate to heavy fog, so visibility may be less than 200 meters in some parts of the capital. The western disturbance that was affecting the western Himalayas has just happened, so there is moisture in the air and the wind speed is likely to be reduced as well. It’s also going to be very cold, which will cause fog to develop, ”said Kuldeep Shrivastava, director of the regional weather forecast center.

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Ground frosts are also likely in some parts of northern Rajasthan, according to IMD.

The IMD in its impact-based warning said that exposure to heavy fog is associated with respiratory complications, particularly for people with asthma, bronchitis and other lung conditions. It can increase the episodes of wheezing and coughing, as the dense fog also has high particle pollution. Heavy fog can disrupt road traffic, train and flight schedules, the Met department warned.

A cold snap occurs on the plains when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or lower and / or is 4.5 notches lower than normal for the season for two consecutive days. A cold wave is also declared when the minimum temperature is below 4 degrees Celsius in the plains.

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