The outbreak of cold wave increased the cold in the entire North India including Delhi-NCR. Cold wave conditions prevailed in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and North Rajasthan with the minimum temperature remaining between one and three degrees Celsius on the previous day.
New Delhi: It is getting cold these days in most areas of North India including Delhi NCR. With the cold wave continuing in the national capital on Tuesday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 2.4 degrees Celsius. While Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 1.4 degree Celsius on Monday, which was the lowest temperature recorded this month since January 1, 2021. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said in its forecast that northwest India, including Delhi, may experience light to moderate rain and hailstorm with wind speed up to 50 kmph in the next week.
Cold wave conditions prevailed in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and North Rajasthan on Tuesday with the minimum temperature ranging between one to three degrees Celsius. The Meteorological Department said that in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, the minimum temperature was recorded between three to five degrees Celsius. The IMD said that an active Western Disturbance is likely to affect Northwest India between January 21 and 25. “Under its influence, rain or snow is likely to commence over western Himalayan region on January 21 and continue till January 25 with peak conditions on January 23-24,” it said in a statement.
The Meteorological Office said that light to moderate hailstorm is expected at isolated places in Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and North Rajasthan on January 23 and 24. Also told that on January 23-24, winds up to 50 km per hour are expected to blow in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh. No rain has been recorded in Delhi so far this winter season. The Meteorological Department says that the absence of strong western disturbances in November and December was the reason for the lack of rain. Last year, the city received 82.2 mm in January. Rain was recorded, which was the highest in the month since 1901.
Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s primary weather station, recorded a minimum temperature of 2.4 degrees Celsius, up from 1.4 degrees on Monday. Road and rail traffic has also been affected in some parts of the northern region due to the fog. The minimum temperature recorded in Safdarjung on January 1, 2021 was 1.1 degree Celsius. On January 8 this year, the minimum temperature was recorded at 1.9 degree Celsius. The lowest temperature of minus 0.6 degree Celsius this month was recorded in the national capital on January 16, 1935. On Tuesday, the minimum temperature of two degree Celsius was recorded at the weather station located on Lodhi Road.
The minimum temperature was 2.8 degrees Celsius in southwest Delhi’s Ayanagar, 2.2 degrees Celsius in central Delhi’s Ridge and 2.3 degrees Celsius in west Delhi’s Jafarpur. According to the IMD, severe cold wave prevailed in Delhi from January 5 to 9, which was the second longest period of severe cold wave in this month in a decade. So far this month, dense fog has been recorded for 50 hours, which is the highest since 2019. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had told on Monday that under the influence of two western disturbances, the outbreak of cold wave will stop from January 19. A weather system with warm moist winds from West Asia is called a Western Disturbance.
When a Western Disturbance arrives in the region, the direction of the wind changes. The cold north-west winds coming from the mountains stop blowing due to which the temperature rises. According to the IMD, a cold wave is declared when the minimum temperature in the plains reaches four degrees Celsius. Cold wave is declared even when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or less and is 4.5 degrees below normal. A ‘severe’ cold wave is declared when the minimum temperature is two degrees Celsius or below normal by 6.4 degrees Celsius.