According to Skymet Weather, the Western Disturbance has reached Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining areas. Due to the effect of western disturbance, a cyclonic circulation has developed over western Rajasthan and adjoining Pakistan.
A cyclonic circulation is active over the southeastern parts of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea near the equator.
A cyclonic circulation has also developed over South Andaman Sea. This system will move in the western and northwest direction.
During the next 24 hours, rain and snowfall are likely to occur at many places in Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad and Ladakh.
In Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, rain and snowfall activities will be seen at some places. The weather will also change in the plains of North India. Light rains may occur at some places over Punjab, northern parts of Haryana and lowland areas of western Uttar Pradesh.
|The state’s weather office said that the ski resort of Gulmarg of Kashmir valley received most of the snow, while there was some precipitation in parts of Jammu as well. (HT Photo)|
With the possibility of rain in northern India, the minimum temperatures in the northern plains and central India will increase by 2 to 3 degrees, which will reduce the cold wave outbreak in these parts.
Light to moderate rains may occur over Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The weather in southern peninsular India, including Lakshadweep, is expected to remain mainly clear and dry.
On December 29, cold conditions may return again in the western parts of Rajasthan as well as in the northern plains and Saurashtra and Kutch.
On December 29 and 30, there is a possibility of ground frost in Punjab, Haryana and parts of Rajasthan.
Along with "cold wave" to "severe cold wave" over northwest India, India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted dense to very dense fog with visibility under 50 metres in some parts of the region on December 30 and 31 and January 1.
IMD in its impact-based bulletin released on Monday said dense to very dense fog is likely over Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, northwest Uttar Pradesh on December 30, 31 and January 1.
“In Delhi, we are expecting moderate to dense fog so visibility may be under 200 metres in some parts of the Capital. The Western Disturbance which was affecting the Western Himalayas has just passed so there is moisture in the air and wind speed is also likely to reduce. It is going to be very cold also, leading to the development of fog,” explained Kuldeep Shrivastava, head, regional weather forecasting centre.
Ground frost is also likely over some parts of north Rajasthan, according to IMD.
IMD in its impact based warning said exposure to dense fog is associated with respiratory complications particularly for people with asthma, bronchitis and other lung conditions. It can increase episodes of wheezing and coughing as dense fog also has high particulate pollution. Dense fog can disrupt road traffic, railway and flight schedules, the Met department has cautioned.
A cold wave occurs in plains when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and/or is 4.5 notches lesser than the season’s normal for two consecutive days. Cold wave is also declared when the minimum temperature is less than 4 degrees Celsius in the plains, Hindustan Times reported.
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IMD has also issued warnings for ground frost conditions in isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and north Rajasthan for the same period of time.
These are the top 10 coldest places in the plains of India on Monday, as per Skymet Weather:
1.Narnaul in Haryana was the coldest city in the plains as it recorded a temperature of 1.6 degrees Celsius.
2. Punjab’s Ludhiana shivered at 2.1 degrees Celsius.
3. Chittorgarh in Rajasthan braved the cold with the mercury dropping to 2.4 degrees Celsius.
4. In Rajasthan’s Pillai, the temperature dropped to 2.4 degrees Celsius as well.
5. Another coldest city in the plains of India was also in Rajasthan. Sikar recorded a temperature of 2.5 degrees Celsius on Monday.
6. Hisar in Haryana was the chilliest on Saturday and on Monday it recorded a temperature of 2.7 degrees Celsius.
7. Naliya in Gujarat was also one of the coldest cities as the mercury here dropped to 3.2 degrees Celsius.
8. Rohtak in Haryana too recorded a temperature of 3.2 degrees Celsius.
9. Another coldest city in Rajasthan on Monday was Ganganagar with the mercury at 3.3 degrees Celsius.
10. Haryana’s Karnal recorded a temperature of 3.6 degrees Celsius.
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