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Cold wave, dense fog in store for north, central parts of country

The MET department has predicted cold to severe cold wave conditions over central and east India in the next two days, following which a relief is likely.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 21, 2021 11:52:23 am
Yesterday, Delhi recorded this season’s lowest minimum temperature dropping to 3.2 degrees Celsius, 5 notches below normal.

The MET department has predicted cold to severe cold wave conditions over central, north and east India in the next two days, following which a relief is likely. Cold wave conditions are likely to persist in parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan.

Delhi grappled with a cold wave on Tuesday as the minimum temperature at the Safdarjung Observatory, considered the official marker for the capital city, settled at four degrees Celsius, four notches below normal. On Monday, the national capital had recorded a low of 3.2 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal and the lowest so far this season.

Cold wave conditions were observed on Tuesday at a few places over Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and at isolated pockets over Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Gangetic West Bengal, Saurashtra and Kutch, Vidarbha and Telangana, official said.

Visibility will continue to remain affected as “dense fog” conditions are expected at isolated places in Punjab, Haryana and parts of Rajasthan. These states will also experience ground frost conditions today.

At 11.4 degrees, Pune records coldest day of season this year Cold winter conditions will prevail over some of the core coldwave zones. These include interior Maharashtra, north Karnataka and Telangana. (File)

The Western Himalayan region will see moderate rainfall and scattered snowfall from December 22. Hailstorm conditions are likely over the north-eastern states till December 25.

In Jammu and Kashmir, water bodies have frozen across the valley due to extreme cold wave conditions over the last week. There is also a possibility of light to moderate snowfall in most places from December 22 to 25.

kashmir snowfall, srinagar snowfall, baramulla snowfall, kashmir temperature, coldest place in india, india news, indian express photo gallery Heavy snowfall in Gulmarg, Baramulla on Saturday brought back cold wave conditions in Kashmir valley. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

West Bengal also recorded cold conditions as mercury in Kolkata plummeted to 11.2 degrees, while Darjeeling recorded the lowest temperature at 3.5 degrees Celsius. There will be no major change in the night temperature in West Bengal for the next two days.

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