Very dense fog engulfs Amritsar, improvement likely ahead

fog-in-amritsarThe period of fog in India commences from December 15, peaks in the month of January and continues till the mid of February. Now, we are reaching towards the end of this phase, wherein fog has started to make an exit from the entire country, barring one or two places.

This winter season, hardly any fog has been observed in the plains of the country. Moreover, even on foggy days, the intensity oscillated between shallow to moderate barring a few places like Amritsar and Jalandhar in Punjab.

Most places in the plains are now recording night temperatures in double digits, while the minimums are cold and recording single digits.  According to the data available with Skymet, the minimums in Amritsar and Jalandhar are hovering close to 8℃. The plains of the country like Delhi, Haryana and parts of Punjab have been observing fog free days for quite some time now.

However, fog is prominent in the golden city of Amritsar where the visibility in the morning, between 5:30 am to 8:30 am was zero. A marginal improvement was seen by 9 am with visibility improving to 50 meters. Now as the day progresses, we expect conditions to improve and good visibility to set in.

The intensity of fog has resulted in disruption of road and rail traffic. The aviation sector  was also affected with several flights being cancelled.

The reason for this dense fog can be attributed to the local weather conditions of Amritsar as it is more prone to foggy conditions.

Now, with the approaching Western Disturbance, temperatures have increased and are settling in double digits over plains of the country. However, Amritsar being an exception is recording single digit minimums.

In the last 24 hours, clouding has increased over the city and we expect rains to commence soon, either today or tomorrow. In wake of these rains, we expect next two days to be fog free for the city.


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