Dense fog and intense cold wave conditions disrupted normal life in Jaipur on Sunday, affecting rail and road traffic. Thick fog in the morning caused traffic jams on Delhi-Jaipur, Kota-Jaipur and Jodhpur-Ajmer highways. Visibility remained very low and people preferred to remain indoors. Other districts also witnessed thick fog on Sunday.
Several cases of accidents were reported due to low visibility. On Saturday night, the mercury plummeted to 0 degree Celsius at the state’s sole hill station Mount Abu. Icicles were a common sight on trees and electric wires.
Icy flakes were also seen on Nakki Lake. In Jaipur, mercury rose a bit to 9 degrees Celsius but still, dense foggy weather aggravated the cold conditions in the morning.
The meteorological department predicted clear sky with a possibility of fog on Monday morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would remain around 21 degrees and 8 degrees Celsius respectively. The department also issued a warning that temperature at isolated places in north west Rajasthan could dip below 4 degrees on Monday.
The meteorological department officials said, “Due to the ongoing western disturbance, the night temperature in the plains has risen by 3 degrees. But due to fog, there is no respite from cold wave sweeping across the state.” Sriganganagar recorded the lowest temperature of 1.7 degrees in the plains, 5 degrees below normal. Pilani recorded a minimum temperature of 3.8 degrees Celsius followed by Churu (4.1 degrees) and Bikaner (5.7 degrees).
Ground frost damages crop
Ground frost in Alwar, Bharatpur, Sikar, Churu, Bikaner, Pali and Sirohi has partially damaged the Rabi crops, especially wheat and mustard. The minimum temperature in Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer and Chittorgarh remained between 6 and 8 degrees. Similar weather would persist for the next couple of days.