New Delhi: A severe cold wave is set to grip north and central India over the next 2-3 days, peaking on Sunday and abating thereafter, the India Meteorological Department(IMD) said on Friday.
Widespread rainfall is expected in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand in the next few days. Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and northern Rajasthan may receive scattered rain for two days starting on Sunday, said IMD.
“The main reasons for the fall in the temperature are the western disturbances and the wet spells over the western Himalyan Region” IMD said in a weather bulletin.
These western disturbances, called northerly winds in India, led to a sharp drop in temperatures in the north, north west and central part of India during the last few days.
Delhi’s minimum temperature was about 3.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday, which was lowest in January in three years. Churu in Rajasthan recorded a minimum temperature of -1.9°C, seven degrees below average, making it the coldest city in the country on Thursday.
“These ice-cold northerly winds will prevail till 14-15 January and will then eventually get cut off or replaced by the easterly and south easterly warmer winds thereby increasing the temperature,” said an official at IMD.
According to the Indian Institute of Tropical meteorology (IITM), which provides experimental forecasts for about 20 days, the temperatures will start rising after 15 January the days will be cooler than normal.