Temperatures drop in North India; severe cold wave to hit Rajasthan

Delhi’s major weather observatory centres, Safdurjung and Palam recorded a temperature of 7 degrees Celsius at 5.30 AM in the morning, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of severe cold waves in some parts of north Rajasthan and cold wave conditions in Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Punjab until Thursday.

On Tuesday, the national capital woke up to a cold morning, with Delhi’s major weather observatory centres, Safdurjung and Palam, recording a temperature of 7 degrees Celsius at 5.30 am.

The minimum and maximum temperatures in Delhi are likely to continue between 5-8 degree celsius and 16-20 degree Celsius respectively until January 1. The weather department also predicts the dense fog to persist over the next few days.

Dense fog shrouded many parts of Punjab and Haryana where intense cold weather conditions continued on Tuesday. Haryana’s  Narnaulrecorded one degree Celsius, four degrees below normal, according to the Meteorological Department. While Chandigarh shivered at 6.9 degrees Celsius, other places in the states, Hisar, Rohtak, Bhiwani, and Sirsa settled at 3.9, 6.6, 4.4, and 4 degrees Celsius respectively.

Meanwhile, many train services were affected due to the foggy conditions, news agency ANI reported.

A ‘severe’ cold wave is when the minimum temperature dips to two degrees Celsius or the departure from usual is more than 6.4 degrees Celsius. The IMD declares a cold wave in the plains if the minimum temperature dips to 4 degrees Celsius. A cold wave is also announced when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and is 4.5 notches below normal.

The weather department also predicted very dense fog to continue over some parts of Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and West Rajasthan over the next 24 hours due to prevailing light wind conditions and high moisture in lower tropospheric levels. The forecast, released Tuesday morning, added that its intensity is likely to reduce thereafter, except in Punjab.

According to the IMD, ‘very dense’ fog is when visibility is between 0 and 50 metres, 51 and 200 metres is ‘dense’, 201 and 500 ‘moderate’, and 501 and 1,000 ‘shallow.’

Source: indianexpress

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