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#UK #COLD #WEATHER ALERT LEVEL 2

UK COLD WEATHER ALERT LEVEL 2 17.01.2020

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#Indian govt issues ‘RED WARNING’ for #Delhi as capital & adjacent states shiver in ‘extreme #cold’

Red Alert Issued

The government’s meteorological office issued the highest-level warning for the capital as Indians continue to struggle through what has been described as the second coldest December in a century.

The recent “red warning” by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) came as temperatures in Delhi plummeted to 2.8 Celsius (37.04 Fahrenheit) and is likely to drop further. ‘Red’ usually means “extreme weather conditions,”according to the agency.

It warned that “severe cold wave conditions,” dense fog, and hailstorms may hit the capital, but also the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Rajasthan during the last days of 2019.

To make matters worse, the air quality in Delhi was also described as “severe.” Officials predict that low temperatures coupled with high humidity, as well as a lack of surface winds, have led to an accumulation of pollutants.

Worsening weather has caused massive delays for several trains bound for Delhi and flights at the capital’s international airport. Bus lines have also experienced disruptions and traffic jams.

People across India have gathered around bonfires near streets and other public places. To cope with the emergency, local authorities have also made sure that shelters and firewood are provided to the population.

Local media also reports that at least 28 people may have died due to the cold in Uttar Pradesh, which is experiencing the coldest days of December this weekend.

The severe cold wave will last at least two more days, but the weather may improve a little around New Year’s, meteorologists say.

“We are expecting a marginal rise in temperature on December 31 and January 1, and rains from December 31 night, which is likely to relieve severe cold day conditions,” Kuldeep Shrivastava, the head of the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre in Delhi, was quoted by local media as saying.

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Yellow Warning Issued For Dense Fog In Parts Of The UK

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Fog or freezing fog patches will quickly become more widespread later on Christmas Eve, and will also be dense in places. Not everywhere will see fog, but where it does form, the visibility may fall to around 50 metres at times. Fog will tend to thin and lift in western and some central areas of England overnight, but will be slow to clear on Christmas Day in the east, perhaps persisting for much or all of the day in parts of Eastern England.

Regions and local authorities affected:
East Midlands East of England London & South East England North East England North West England South West England West Midlands Yorkshire & Humber

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Bangladesh records lowest temperature in 5 decades, 12 cold-related deaths reported

Record Cold Alert
Bangladesh Monday recorded the lowest temperature in five decades as mercury dipped to a chilling 2.6 degrees centigrade.
 
Bone chilling cold slows the wheels of life in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.
 
The severe cold wave sweeping through Bangladesh brought the normal life and businesses to almost standstill, particularly in the country’s northern region facing the Himalayan mountains.
 
A thick blanket of fog accompanied by icy winds left people in the country shivering in the early hours on Monday.
 
Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) says the previous lowest temperature recorded 2.8 degrees centigrade in 1968.
 
Ayesha Khatun, a senior meteorologist, told Xinhua Monday, “Mercury plunged to its lowest 2.6 degrees centigrade in the country’s northern most sub-district, Tentulia, within Panchagarh district, 468 km away of capital Dhaka.”
 
“This time the temperature drops abnormally.”
 
BMD recorded Dhaka’s temperature at 9.5 degrees centigrade Monday which is also the lowest in many years in the capital city of about 15 million people.
 
Sky over the capital and most parts of the country remained cloudy for the last couple of days while cars and buses are running by switching on headlights in day time on many Dhaka streets.
 
Sunlight is reportedly completely absent in the country’s northern districts due to dense fog.
 
In Dhaka and elsewhere in the country, hundreds of floating people, mainly street children and elderly people, have been facing hard time due to the cold spell.
 
Poor people in Dhaka are seen take warm by firing woods on Monday.
 
Sickness is rampant among these poor floating people.
 
According to local media, as many as 12 people have so far died in three northern Bangladesh districts by the cold spell.
 
The freezing weather may continue for three more days, Khatun said.
Courtesy of xinhuanet.com

Britain’s ‘RADIATION’ fog: UK to be hit by CHOKING SMOG as Met Office issues warning

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The Met Office have issued a warning for severe weather conditions today and tomorrow
CHOKING ‘radiation’ fog will smother Britain tonight prompting the Met Office to issue warnings for severe weather conditions.
 
Thick winter mists will engulf swathes of the nation into tomorrow afternoon with some places unlikely to clear through the day.
 
Poor visibility will spark tailbacks on roads and motorways while railway and air passengers have been warned to expect delays.
 
Light winds, foggy conditions and traffic emissions will lead to a smog build-up in some regions, experts say.
 
DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) predicts moderate air pollution levels in some central regions tomorrow, Friday and into the weekend.
 
A spokesman said: “Isolated pockets of moderate air pollution are possible over central and western parts of the UK on Thursday, especially where light winds and foggy conditions allow the build up of locally emitted pollution, such as near busy roads.
 
“Isolated pockets of pollution are again possible on Friday and Saturday.”
 
Weather conditions today and through tonight will be ideal for the formation of thick and troublesome ‘radiation fog’, experts say.
 
Clear skies will cause ground temperatures to plummet allowing moisture in the air to condense into fog droplets over the next few hours.
 
Light winds will stop mists clearing leaving many parts of the country under a thick pea-soup through much of the day.
 
The Met Office said there will be a further risk of fog through the week with weather conditions expected to stay cool and settled.
 
Forecaster Helen Roberts said: “Mists will quickly develop tonight turning readily into fog, mostly across western areas.
 
“We have clear skies which will allow heat to radiate from the ground and moisture in the air from recent precipitation and light winds; these factors will lead to the development of radiation fog.
 
“This fog will become more extensive overnight and we are expecting frosts in the morning with temperatures expected to drop to below freezing.
 
“Fog will be quite stubborn to shift and could still be an issue into tomorrow afternoon, there are some places where it won’t clear all day.”
 
A Met Office severe weather warning covers a portion of western Britain through tonight until 11am tomorrow.
 
Chief forecaster Andy Page said it will thicken over the next few hours and warned to expect rush-hour travel problems.
 
Visibility could drop to 100 metres in some places bringing dangerous driving conditions and hindering flight take offs, he added.
 
He said: “Fog is expected to become increasingly widespread through Wednesday evening and overnight into Thursday.
 
“Slower journey times are possible and there is a chance of delays to flights.
 
“Fog will thin slowly later on Thursday morning, although some patches may persist into the afternoon in the west of the warning area.”
 
Regions most at risk will be London and the southeast; northwest England; southwest England Wales and the West Midlands.
 
Britain is wrapping up for another chilly night with temperatures expected to drop to freezing widely with lows of -2C (28.4F) or -3C (26.6F) in rural regions.
 
Tomorrow will be another cloudy and murky day across the country with more of the same forecast through the week.
 
Despite a switch to a more westerly airflow it will feel cold especially across the north where the odd flake of snow is possible, according to Exacta Weather’s James Madden.
 
He said: “The week will be stay on the cool to chilly side for many parts of the country and some flakes of light snow will pop up here and there among some fine drizzle.”
 
Currently we have ideal conditions for widespread fog across the country, particularly, for some southern areas, where it could linger for some lengthy periods from tonight.”
 
Radiation fog is the result of clear skies allowing heat to ‘radiate’ from the ground causing temperatures to drop rapidly and moisture suspended in the air to condense.
 
A Met Office spokesman said: “If there are clear skies, the heat radiates back into space leading to cooling at the earth’s surface.
 
“This results in a reduction of the air’s ability to hold moisture which allows water vapour to condense into tiny water droplets eventually leading to the formation of fog.
 
When temperatures drop low enough, ‘supercooled’ liquid droplets become suspended in the air and can freeze on surfaces, this is the cause of ‘freezing fog’.
 
WeatherOnline forecaster Simon Keeling added: “Further spells of drizzle here expected for the far northeast of Scotland tonight.
 
“Elsewhere it will be dry with clearer spells.
 
“Mist and fog patches will be forming as the night progresses and these will be freezing and dense in central and northern areas.”
Courtesy of express.co.uk

Horrific Bus Crash Kills At Least 27, Injuring 50 in Pakistan

A bus carrying pilgrims fell into a gorge in Pakistan killing at least 27 people.
 
Around 50 people were injured in the accident and were being treated at hospitals in the nearby city of Rawalpindi.