Cold wave conditions are shivering in most parts of North India and a thick fog enveloped many places on Friday, the first day of the New Year. The Meteorological Department has said that there is a possibility of relief from January 3 with temperatures rising by three to five degrees Celsius in North India facing cold wave. Cyclonic flow has formed due to western disturbances in and around Afghanistan. It is expected to move towards Pakistan during the next 48 hours. As a result of western disturbance, low air pressure persists over Southwest Rajasthan.
The Meteorological Department said that due to these effects, rain or snowfall is forecast in the Western Himalayas during January-6. There may be heavy rain or snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir. There is also a possibility of hail at some places in the western region of the Himalayas during this period.
The Meteorological Department said cold wave conditions are prevailing in many parts of northwest India and central India. The same situation will prevail in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh and northern Rajasthan during the next 24 hours. In Delhi, the minimum temperature reached 1.1 degree Celsius in 15 years amid the outbreak of cold wave. Visibility was reduced to zero due to extremely dense fog.
Delhi’s Safdarjung Observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 1.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest in the last 15 years. Earlier, on January 8, 2006, the city recorded a minimum temperature of 0.2 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperature ever recorded was 0.6 degree Celsius in January 1935.
According to the Meteorological Department, the minimum temperature was 2.4 degrees Celsius in January last year. Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s regional forecast center in Delhi, said that visibility was zero in Safdarjung and Palam due to extremely dense fog at 6 am.
The minimum temperature is forecast to reach eight degrees Celsius on 4-5 January. Light rain is also forecast in the national capital between January 3 and 5 due to the effect of western disturbance.
The cold wave continued to prevail in Kashmir as well and on the New Year the minimum temperature in many places in the valley went below the freezing point. Officials said that water temperatures in several reservoirs, including water reservoirs, froze after the temperature dropped in the valley.
Met officials said that the temperature in Gulmarg in North Kashmir was recorded at minus nine degrees Celsius. Gulmarg was the coldest place in the valley. In Pahalgam, a base camp in South Kashmir for the Amarnath Yatra, the mercury dropped to minus 7.8 degrees Celsius. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6.4 degrees Celsius, compared to the minimum temperature of minus 5.9 degrees Celsius a day earlier.
The period of ‘Chillai Kalan’ is going on in Kashmir and during this period of 40 days it is very cold. The drop in temperature freezes the water supply pipelines in various parts of the valley including the famous Dal Lake.
In Haryana and Punjab, cold wave occurred and Hisar minimum temperature reached minus 1.2 degree Celsius. Hisar was the coldest place in Haryana in both the states. Narnaul in Haryana recorded a temperature of minus 0.2 degree Celsius. Sirsa, Ambala, Karnal, Rohtak and Bhiwani recorded two degrees, 4.4 degrees, 3.5 degrees, two degrees and 3.9 degrees Celsius respectively. Chandigarh recorded a temperature of 6.1 degrees Celsius. There is also an outbreak of cold in Punjab. Faridkot recorded a low of minus 0.2 degree Celsius. Bathinda recorded 1.2 degree Celsius and Amritsar 2.2 degree Celsius.
Dense fog, cold wave and cold conditions have persisted in the last 24 hours in different areas of Uttar Pradesh. According to the Meteorological Department, weather was cold in many places in western Uttar Pradesh, while in eastern Uttar Pradesh, the temperature was below normal. The lowest temperature in the state was recorded at Lucknow airport at 0.5 degree Celsius. While Sultanpur recorded the highest temperature of 22.0 degree Celsius. The Meteorological Department has predicted rain and thunderstorm at different places in western Uttar Pradesh, but the weather is forecast to be cold in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
In most parts of Rajasthan, the minimum temperature has increased by two to three degrees Celsius. According to the Meteorological Department, Churu was the coldest place in the state with a minimum temperature of minus 0.2 degrees Celsius. Mount Abu, the only hill tourist destination in the state, recorded a minimum temperature of minus degrees. The Meteorological Department has forecast light to moderate rainfall at some places in Ganganagar and Hanumangarh in Jaipur, Bharatpur, Kota, Ajmer, Bikaner divisions of Rajasthan from January 2 to January 4.
Due to slight rise in temperature in most parts of Madhya Pradesh, people got some relief from the severe cold on the first day of the new year. Most of Madhya Pradesh was in the grip of bitter cold for the last few days. The lowest temperature in the state is 4.8 deg in Gwalior.