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Dense fog engulfs northern states as cold wave tightens grip

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People in Delhi and the northern states on Monday woke up to biting cold conditions and dense fog that reduced visibility making it difficult for motorists to drive on the roads.

According to the India Meteorological Department, visibility across most of the northern states remained poor with Bhatinda in Punjab and Bikaner in Rajasthan recording “zero visibility”.

The visibility in the national capital was reduced to just 50 metres. With the cold wave gripping Delhi the minimum temperature plunged 3°C on Sunday making it the coldest Christmas in the last 8 years.

Visibility remained low throughout Punjab, with Amritsar recording visibility of 25 metres and Ambala 50.
Haryana too recorded low visibility. While places like Ambala and Hissar recorded a low of 25m and 50m respectively, visibility in Chandigarh was 200 metres.
According to IMD data, places like Sri Ganganagar and Churu in Rajasthan also recorded low visibility of 25 and 50 meters, respectively.
Uttar Pradesh and Odisha too recorded very low visibility of around 50 metres.