The national capital experienced a chilly, cloudy Monday morning while dense fog affected flights and trains.
The fog also hit international, domestic flights. According to TV reports, at least 36 flights have been delayed while two were cancelled as a thick blanket of fog enveloped Delhi.
Visibility on Delhi roads are also very low.
Met officials said that similar cold day conditions prevailed in other parts of northwest India as well, including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and northwest Rajasthan. Among the coldest cities in the plains was Amritsar, where the maximum on Saturday stood at 8.7 degrees C, a whopping 12 degrees below normal.
Giving the forecast for the coming days, a Met official said: “Fog may occur at many places over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan. No significant change will is expected in minimum temperatures over the region during next 24 hours and a slight rise may occur thereafter over the plains of northwest India. Cold day conditions may occur at isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan.”
With a burst of moist winds approaching the Himalayas from the northwest — better known simply as a western disturbance — minimum temperatures are expected to rise for a short while due to a change in wind direction. From December 24, however, night temperature is likely to fall again, followed by development of dense and long duration fog which could last at least for a couple of days, Met officials said.