Extreme chilly wave circumstances sweeping throughout north and northwest India pushed mercury to sub-zero ranges at many locations in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh Wednesday.
Pahalgam (-9 levels Celsius), Churu (-1.5 levels Celsius), Kullu (-0.2 levels Celsius), Amritsar (1.8 levels Celsius) and Jammu metropolis (2.9 levels Celsius) remained among the many coldest locations in north India.
Wednesday was the coldest December day for Churu since 2008, the India Meteorological Division’s (IMD) temperature data said.
Equally, Jammu metropolis recorded one among its coldest December days Wednesday. The plains of Jammu beforehand skilled such circumstances in 2014 (2.4 levels), and the town holds an all time document of 0.9 levels in 1998.
Pahalgam final reported such a chilly December in 2013, when the night time temperature recorded was -9.6 levels Celsius.
The Safdarjung observatory in New Delhi recorded 3.5 levels on Wednesday, making it yet one more chilly December day this 12 months, IMD officers mentioned.
“Such extreme circumstances are on account of the strengthening of chilly and dry northerly winds blowing throughout north and northwest India. The minimal temperatures in north and central India will drop by 2 levels until December 31,” the climate division mentioned in its newest forecast.
Poor visibility attributable to dense fog and growth of floor frost circumstances are doubtless in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh and Uttarakhand until the New Yr.
The IMD has additionally warned of continuous chilly wave circumstances throughout the Indo-Gangetic plains, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and components of Gujarat until January 1. Underneath the affect of the chilly wave, some stations in Gujarat and Odisha have been reporting a big drop within the night time temperatures.
Nonetheless, the Met division has forecast the chilly wave to final over the north, central and northwest India until January 1 after which it should abate and there might be gradual rise within the minimal temperatures by 3 to five levels Celsius.