India Gate in the national capital disappeared into a layer of dense fog after the weather department predicted 'very dense fog' for today.
Delhi and its adjoining areas woke up to a thick blanket of fog this morning that hit the road, rail, and air traffic due to very poor visibility.
Both the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to fall further after today with the IMD forecasting dense fog on Thursday.
Delhi's Safdarjung recorded 1.1 degrees Celsius temperature at 6 am on Friday and dense fog reduced visibility to near zero in many areas of the city. This is the lowest temperature in 14 years; earlier 0.2 degrees Celsius was recorded on January 8, 2006.
IMD also said that dense to very dense fog is very likely in some pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi during the next 2 days.
No significant change in minimum temperatures over most parts of Northwest and Central India during next 24 hours and rise by three to five degrees Celsius thereafter for the subsequent two days, according to the weather forecasting agency.
As per the IMD forecast dated November 21, the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 24 and 7 degree Celsius respectively today.
The IMD in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin has predicted that tomorrow (April 27), states such as Telangana, East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are also likely to witness thunderstorm accompanied with lightning, hail and gusty winds.
Several parts of northern India have transformed into a winter wonderland after receiving snowfall in the past couple of days. On Saturday, a few pockets of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand received fresh snowfall. Areas such as Jhaku and Harshil Valley of Uttarkashi were sparkling white in the morning due to the thick snow deposit.
The weather is likely to be mainly dry over rest of the country," the IMD stated in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin.