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Thick fog to engulf North India over next 4 days, respite from rain likely

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Parts of North India, including Delhi, are likely to be engulfed in a thick blanket of fog for the next four days as the rains will abate and temperatures will dip once again, the Indian Meteorological Department said on Wednesday.

The weather department has said that the rains that have lashed North India for the past several days will abate as the western disturbances are weakening.

The cloud cover had kept the minimum temperatures high since Sunday as clouds trap some of the outgoing infrared radiation and radiate it back downwards, warming the ground. However, as the cloud cover will lift on Thursday morning, the temperature is also likely to dip.

On Wednesday, the minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 13 degrees Celsius, six notches more than normal. However, the Met department predicts the mercury will fall again to 4 to 5 degrees Celsius starting tomorrow.

Rains to go away

On Thursday, North India will get a respite from incessant rains, lashing the region under the influence of a strong western disturbance since Sunday. As the western disturbance has weakened, the region is likely to experience dry weather on Thursday.

However, after that, another weather anomaly may cause rain/snow over the western Himalayan Region and isolated rain over North Punjab on Friday.

Meanwhile, scattered showers accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning are likely to affect parts of South India for the next three to four days.

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The western disturbance had caused heavy snowfall in parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal and Uttarakhand. PTI image from Srinagar

Thick fog cover

The weather department has predicted a thick fog cover over parts of North India for the next four days. "Due to abundant moisture available in lower tropospheric levels and other favourable meteorological features, dense to very dense fog very likely in some to many pockets over plains of Northwest India in the morning hours of 07th to 10th January 2021," the department said in a statement.

Cold wave-like condition to return

As the cloud cover will clear out, the minimum temperature in North India will once again dip. "Fall in minimum temperatures by 4-6°C very likely over plains of northwest India during next four to five days," the Met department said.

According to the weather department, North India will once again experience cold wave-like conditions between January 11 and 13.

Earlier, the region was gripped in a cold wave in the run-up to New Year, with the minimum temperature dropping to 1.1 degree Celsius on January, the lowest in 15 years for January.

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