The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts that portions of Northern India, including Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, and Chandigarh, will be hit by a chill on New Year’s Eve, and that the winter chill will intensify in early January.
Padum recorded the coldest minimum temperature in Northwest India on Thursday (-16.5 degrees Celsius), followed by Gulmarg (-4.8 degrees Celsius) and Keylong (-2 degrees Celsius) (-4.8 degrees Celsius). In contrast, Kannur, Kerala, recorded the hottest temperature in the country at 35.4 degrees Celsius. Wednesday was slightly milder in the National Capital Region, but areas of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, South Haryana, and North Rajasthan had cold wave-like temperatures.
In the meantime, Northeast India will likely face severe fog and poor visibility for the next five days beginning on Thursday. From December 30 to January 1, the IMD also projected dense fog across Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, and north Rajasthan.
The cold wave is not expected to return to Delhi until the first week of the new year, preventing temperatures from falling below 4 degrees Celsius. In the following five days, the minimum temperature in the Northern Plains will likely increase by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius, according to IMD forecasters, before gradually decreasing by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius after the new year.
It is anticipated that the winter season will continue to be dry and untouched by western disturbances over the following five days. The next five days will bring mild precipitation to Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Sikkim, and moderate precipitation to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.