As a severe cold wave extended across northern India on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted a gradual increase in minimum temperatures over the plains of Northwest India over the following two days. Subsequently, the temperature is forecast to drop by 2-4 degrees Celsius.
“Under the influence of a new western disturbance, the cold wave conditions in northwest India will improve on Wednesday. PTI quoted Mahesh Palawat, vice president (meteorology and climate change) for Skymet Weather, as saying that the reprieve is likely to be temporary.
Wednesday will likely bring severe cold wave conditions to Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh regions. The IMD bulletin added that dense to extremely dense fog will likely persist across Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, and northern Rajasthan during the next four to five days.
Meanwhile, the national capital awoke to a chilly morning. Wednesday, the IMD reported that the weather observatory in Palam recorded a minimum temperature of 7.8 degrees Celsius, while the weather observatory in Safdarjung recorded a minimum temperature of 8.4 degrees Celsius.
Punjab | Dense fog envelops Amritsar as cold wave grips the city.
As per IMD, Amristar is to witness a minimum temperature of 6°C and a maximum temperature of 15°C with fog/mist in the morning and partly cloudy sky later pic.twitter.com/ZC2nVrQBKb
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Yesterday, the minimum temperature in parts of Delhi plummeted below that of hill areas such as Dharamsala and Nainital, causing the city to shiver.
The minimum temperature at Churu, Rajasthan, fell below 0 degrees Celsius on December 27. During the height of summer, temperatures in Churu can reach 50 degrees Celsius, but winter brings temperatures below zero.
In the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, minimum temperatures dipped to or below freezing in most locations during an extreme cold wave. Tuesday’s minimum temperatures in Keylong in Lahaul valley were -7.9 degrees Celsius, -0.6 degrees Celsius in Manali, 2.3 degrees Celsius in Solan, and 4.5 degrees Celsius in Shimla.
On Thursday, the meteorological centre of Himachal Pradesh forecasts isolated light precipitation in lower, middle, and upper elevations. In addition, rain is probable at isolated locations and in the mid-hills on Friday, while rain or snow is likely at isolated locations in the higher hills.