According to the department, there may be rains in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and parts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Friday. The cold wave continued in the northern region of the country on Thursday, where the cold is increasing continuously. The lowest maximum temperature of this season was recorded in Delhi.
Thursday ‘cold day’ in the national capital
Thursday was a ‘cold day’ in the national capital where the maximum temperature was seven degrees below normal at 15.2 degrees Celsius and this is the lowest temperature so far this season. ‘Cold days’ are called when the minimum temperature is below 10 ° C and the maximum temperature is 4.4 ° C below normal. The minimum temperature at the Safdarjung observatory was recorded at 4.6 ° C as icy winds from the western Himalayas continued in Delhi. It is going on. The minimum temperatures at Ayanagar and Ridge weather stations were 3.8 degrees Celsius and 3.5 degrees Celsius respectively.
Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the regional forecast center of India Meteorological Department (IMD), said that due to western disturbance, heavy snowfall occurred in the western Himalayas and now the temperature is declining due to the cold wave moving towards the plains.
City air quality ‘poor’
The IMD declares a cold wave for the plains when the minimum temperature is 10 ° C or below and 4.5 ° C below normal for two consecutive days. He said, ‘For a small area like Delhi, a cold wave can be announced even if the above conditions are made even for a day.’ The city’s air quality was recorded in the ‘poor’ category.
In Himachal Pradesh, cold wave conditions continued in Keylong, Manali and Kalpa with temperatures recording below zero in the last 24 hours. An official of the Meteorological Department said that the weather remains dry in the hill state, but the minimum temperature has decreased by one to two degrees.
Manmohan Singh, director of the Shimla Center of the Meteorological Department, said that Keylong, the administrative center of Lahaul-Spiti, remained the coldest place in the state with a temperature of minus 8 degrees Celsius. Cold wave has started in Punjab and Haryana and mercury went below normal on Thursday.
Meteorological Department officials said that Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, recorded a minimum temperature of 5.1 degrees Celsius. Ambala, Hisar, Karnal, Bhiwani, Rohtak and Sirsa in Haryana recorded minimum temperatures of 4.4 degrees, 4.2 degrees, 4.9 degrees, 4.8 degrees, 4.4 degrees and 4.8 degrees Celsius respectively.
Six degrees Celsius in Halwara and five degrees Celsius in Bathinda
At the same time, Punjab recorded a minimum temperature of 4.2 degrees in Amritsar and 5.5 degrees in Ludhiana. The minimum temperature was 5.8 in Patiala, 6.6 degrees in Adampur, six degrees in Halwara and five degrees in Bathinda.
According to Meteorological officials, visibility faded in the morning at some places like Karnal, Hisar, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala. He said that during the next two days, the cold will be more in most parts of both states. The minimum temperature in Kashmir went below zero and the sky remained clear. Officials of the meteorological department said that last night, Srinagar had the coldest night so far this season.
Officials said night temperatures continued to fall in the valley and the sky remained clear. With this, the minimum temperature was recorded several degrees Celsius below normal. He said that the temperature in Srinagar was minus 6.4 degrees Celsius, which was 4.8 degrees Celsius the previous night. The minimum temperature in this season was recorded at around five degrees Celsius below normal. Officials said that last night in the city was the coldest night of this season due to which many reservoirs froze.
Kokernag recorded minus 4.8 degree Celsius
Gulmarg recorded a temperature of minus 11 degrees Celsius, which was six degrees below normal. Gulmarg was the coldest place in the union territory. Officials said that the temperature in Pahalgam was minus 8.9 degrees Celsius. He said that the temperature in Qazigund was minus 4.9 degrees Celsius, Kupwara minus 5.8 degrees Celsius and Kokernag minus 4.8 degrees Celsius.
The Meteorological Department said that there is not much snowfall expected in Jammu and Kashmir by the end of this month and light snowfall may occur in some places of Kashmir on December 21-22. Light rain occurred in some areas of Uttar Pradesh, while the weather was generally dry in the remaining places.
The meteorological department said in a statement on Thursday that Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest temperature of 24.6 degree Celsius while Gorakhpur recorded the lowest temperature of Bareilly at 3.3 degree Celsius. The department has predicted dry weather and fog at some places.
Forecast for cold wave somewhere in 24 hours
In Mount Abu, a tourist destination in Rajasthan, the mercury once again went below the freezing point. Mount Abu recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.0 degrees Celsius. At the same time, dense fog enveloped many areas of the state on Thursday morning and people were seen warming up to avoid the cold.
According to the Meteorological Department, Mount Abu, the only hill tourist place in the state, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.0 degree Celsius on Wednesday night. Sikar recorded a minimum temperature of 0.5 degrees on Wednesday night, 2.2 degrees in Churu, 2.5 degrees in Pilani, 2.8 degrees in Ganganagar, 3.1 degrees in Bikaner, 5.8 degrees Celsius in Faludi and Vanasthali.
Night temperatures in most parts of the state remained below nine degrees Celsius. The Meteorological Department has warned of cold wave in many parts of the state. According to the department, cold wave conditions are expected to prevail in Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Bikaner, Churu, Nagaur, Sikar, Jhunjhunun, Alwar and Bharatpur districts in the next 24 hours.