New Delhi: Republic Day this year may be a rainy affair as India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted widespread rainfall over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi from Wednesday.
“While scattered rain activity is expected over western Uttar Pradesh and northern Rajasthan … Also fairly widespread rainfall or snow activity is likely to occur over the western Himalayan region including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand from 24-27 January,” said IMD in an official statement.
“The minimum temperature is very likely to decrease by 2 degrees Celsius to 4 degrees Celsius from 27 to 29 January over the plains of northwest India,” it added.
Northern India has been reeling under a cold spell in January due to approach of multiple western disturbances.
Another western disturbance will engulf the Himalayan region from 23 January and the following day in the northern parts of the country.
According to the IMD, this system will further induce a cyclonic circulation, which will develop over southern Pakistan and adjoining parts of Rajasthan and the combined influence of these systems will result in snowfall and rain in the northern parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Delhi observed shallow fog at few of its pockets on Monday morning.
According to the IMD, low visibility of 200 metres was recorded during the early Monday morning at the Palam Airport.
The national capital’s minimum temperature on Monday was recorded at 8 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 22 degrees Celsius.
According to Regional Meteorological Centre of Delhi, there will be partly cloudy sky and shallow fog will continue till Tuesday morning.
But from Wednesday onwards, fog conditions would lessen due to rainfall.
Two years ago, rains played spoilsport when Barack Obama was the chief guest.