Winter has finally arrived in Delhi, as January 6 morning was the coldest of the season so far, and the citizens woke up to a thick blanket of fog. The minimum temperature had dropped to 4.2 degrees Celsius. The capital had been experiencing a rise in cold weather from the beginning of the new year, and there had been instances that trains and flights had to be delayed because of low visibility. Only on 6th, 18 trains had to be delayed and 13 had to be rescheduled because of poor visibility. The Delhi Traffic police also put up warnings about traffic along the Wazirabad towards Salimgarh due to heavy fog on the stretch.
The change in weather has been drastic for some people, as there been report of death of four people in Uttar Pradesh due to intense cold. The authorities have advised people to keep themselves warm and to not venture outside home without having any cover from the cold.
The meteorological department had predicted that there will be moderate fog on Saturday and that the weather conditions will likely improve only from next week. There is also a possibility of rainfall in the next week.
There is always a spike in cold during the January month, and such changes, if inconvenient, are not unexpected. The fog is a more difficult phenomenon, because of the pollution levels in the capital have been on a rise, and there have been little to no improvement. There is a possibility that the weather conditions will improve soon, but the Delhi Government has already taken some steps to curb the smog, like applying the Odd-Even scheme on occasions, and banning parking near the Sarojini Nagar market. The National Green Tribunal has also asked the government to come up with even more effective ways to lessen the air pollution in Delhi.