Northern parts of the country are experiencing severe cold waves and dense fog conditions. Heavy to very heavy fog has been observed in various parts of Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar today, January 9.
The prevailing conditions of cold waves and dense fog have affected normal life in the region. Due to the dense fog, visibility has been reduced to almost zero in some places affecting air, rail, and road traffic.
The poor visibility led to the cancellation of as many as 128 trains as per the Indian Railways. 29 trains are also reported to be running late. Information provided by the official of Delhi Airport, five flights bound to Delhi were diverted due to low visibility today.
Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast abatement in cold wave conditions in the plains of Northwest India and adjoining Central India from tomorrow due to the approaching western disturbance in Western Himalayan Region.
Director General of IMD Dr. M Mohapatra said that under the influence of western disturbance, the temperature in Northwest India and adjoining Central India will go up gradually which will provide some relief from the prevailing cold wave conditions.
Dr. Mohpatra said, there will also be abatement in the dense to very dense fog conditions from the 10th of January. He said, there will be a temporary relief from the cold wave conditions due to the influence of western disturbance, as the temperature is expected to go down from the 13th of January.
Dr . Mohpatra said, rainfall and snowfall is also expected in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand between the 11th to 13th of this month.
Here are some tips for surviving a cold wave:
- Stay indoors as much as possible to avoid exposure to the cold.
- Keep your home well-insulated to keep the cold out. Close windows and doors, and use draft stoppers to seal any gaps.
- Dress warmly in layers, with a base layer of moisture-wicking fabric, a middle layer of insulation, and an outer layer that is wind and water-resistant.
- Keep a emergency supply kit on hand that includes warm blankets, non-perishable food, bottled water, a flashlight, and a first aid kit.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water and warm soup.
- Keep your car fueled and stocked with blankets, warm clothing, and other supplies in case you get stranded.
- Check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors to ensure they have everything they need to stay warm and safe.
- If you must go outside, wear a hat, gloves, and a scarf to protect your head, hands, and face from the cold.
- Take breaks from the cold to warm up in a heated environment.
- Be aware of the signs of hypothermia, which can include shivering, slurred speech, drowsiness, and confusion, and seek medical attention if you or someone you know experiences these symptoms.