Hyderabad: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Hyderabad has issued a warning stating that fog/mist conditions were ‘very likely’ to prevail at isolated places in all districts of Telangana on Sunday. A similar warning was issued for Saturday as well, with the weather conditions living up to the same on Saturday, especially on the city outskirts.
The IMD forecast for the rest of the week too said there would be fog/mist in the mornings and clear skies later in the day for the next four days. The minimum temperatures would hover around 18 degree Celsius during this period. The unusual situation of thick fog in Hyderabad came even as the night time temperatures rose slightly, and going above the normal temperature for this time of the season. The fog has been reported mainly from the outskirts of the city. The dense fog in the early morning has also resulted in low visibility in these areas including the State and National highways and other roads leading to nearby areas from the city.
The situation led to long traffic snarls with many vehicles struggling to move ahead due to the poor visibility. The precarious conditions, which led to accidents on the National Highway-44, prevailed even after 9 am. On how the fog was not reported when it was colder last week, when temperatures had dipped to single digits, officials said continuous cold conditions would result in fog. “There will be fog in the early mornings during the next three days. If the mist conditions increase, fog will be formed in such weather,” an IMD official said.
Incidentally, the IMD has been forecasting fog and mist in the city for the last one week, with the situation turning worse from Friday only. Meanwhile, the minimum temperature recorded on Friday night was 17. 5 degree Celsius.