Weather Woes Loom for New Year Celebrations: Fog and Rain to Challenge Several Indian Regions

December 29, 2023: As the calendar turns towards the New Year, India braces itself for a weather twist, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting dense to very dense fog and sporadic rainfall in various regions. The upcoming weather patterns are expected to impact Northwest and parts of Central India, creating potential challenges for both residents and travelers.

According to the IMD’s projections, dense fog is anticipated during the early hours of December in Odisha and Uttarakhand. The states of Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh are set to experience heavy fog on December 30th and 31st. Meanwhile, in the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura, dense fog conditions are expected to prevail from December 27th to 31st, prompting a need for heightened caution.

Jammu and Kashmir, despite dry weather, is forecasted to contend with moderate to dense fog in Central Kashmir, Pulwama, and Baramulla until December 31st. Adding to the weather complexity, the forecast suggests the possibility of light rain and snow in certain areas of Jammu and Kashmir, accompanied by cloudy skies in January.


The impact of these anticipated weather conditions has already been felt on December 26th, with dense fog significantly reducing visibility in various areas. The consequences were evident at the Delhi airport, where approximately 30 flights, including international ones, faced delays. Train services were also disrupted, affecting 14 trains. Northern states like Punjab and Haryana also encountered dense fog on the same day, with cities like Amritsar and Ludhiana reporting heavy fog-related challenges.

Looking ahead, the IMD highlights the emergence of a new Western Disturbance expected to influence Northwest India from December 30th. Under its sway, light isolated rainfall is likely over Northwest and adjoining Central India from December 30th to January 2nd, 2024. This development adds a layer of complexity to the weather scenario, potentially affecting New Year celebrations and travel plans in the mentioned regions.

As we usher in the New Year, it becomes imperative for residents and travelers to stay updated on local weather forecasts and take necessary precautions. The convergence of dense fog, rain, and potential disruptions calls for heightened awareness and adaptability as India navigates its way into the upcoming year amidst unique weather challenges.