The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has extended its forecast for very dense fog and severe cold wave conditions in North India until 21st January. The ongoing weather conditions have disrupted transportation, with several flights delayed and train services affected in Delhi. The dense fog is expected to persist, impacting visibility and causing operational challenges.

Flight Disruptions

As per the Delhi Airport FIDS, a total of 120 flights, both domestic and international, faced delays due to dense fog on Wednesday. Additionally, 53 flights, including arrivals and departures, were canceled, further aggravating the travel disruptions at Delhi airport.

Train Services Affected

The dense fog has also led to delays in train services in Delhi, leaving passengers stranded at the New Delhi Railway Station. Poor visibility caused operational challenges, impacting the schedule of several trains.

IMD Forecast Highlights

  • Very Dense Fog: Predicted to prevail over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi from 17th to 21st January.
  • Cold Wave Conditions: Severe cold wave conditions expected to continue in Delhi and North India.
  • Uttar Pradesh: Very dense fog conditions likely from 17th to 18th January morning, with dense fog in isolated pockets for the following three days.
  • Other Regions: Dense fog conditions anticipated in various states, including Uttarakhand, north Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, north Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Pradesh, the Jammu division, Gangetic West Bengal, and Odisha.
  • Severe Cold Day Conditions: Expected to persist in parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh on 17th and 18th January, and in parts of Uttar Pradesh on 17th January.

Temperature Alerts

IMD issued alerts on minimum temperatures, indicating a rise in Northwest India over the next two days. East India is expected to experience a rise of 2-4°C in minimum temperatures over the next four days. Ground frost conditions are anticipated over Uttarakhand on 17th January.


The prolonged severe cold wave and dense fog conditions pose challenges for transportation and daily life in North India. Travelers and residents are advised to stay updated on weather forecasts and exercise caution during this period of adverse weather.

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