Winter is in full swing in northern India, and after a brief respite from the intense cold waves which was a bit of a relief to many, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued cold wave alerts for several cities in India. The weather reports suggest that the situation is likely to become even more severe over the next 48 hours, with temperatures in Delhi expected to dip to 1 to 2 Celsius and in some cases dip even further below 0. The winds will be cold and the fog is expected to get denser and denser.
The weather forecasts that these cold waves will persist until the end of January, with some respite only expected in February. For those of us living in urban areas like Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, the bone-chilling temperatures have already become a cause of concern.
As the temperatures get colder, these areas are expected to be hit harder than usual, leading to an overall drop in the ambient temperature. Many health risks associated with such drastic temperature changes come into play, making it extremely important for us to stay well-prepared for the situation. The rate of heart attack has also increased due to the low temperature and it is important to have limited activities while being out in this cold weather.