New Delhi (NVI): The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said that severe cold wave conditions are expected to continue in many pockets over plains of northwest India for the next three to four days.
According to IMD weather bulletin, “Dry northwesterly winds are likely to prevail over plains of North India and adjoining parts of Central India during next 3-4 days.”
Under their influence, severe cold wave conditions have been forecast very likely in some to many pockets over plains of northwest India and over Saurashtra & Kutch during next 3-4 days and decrease thereafter, it added.
The Met department also predicted that within northwest India ground frost conditions are also very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and north Rajasthan during the same period.
IMD further said that, ” The current spell of dense to very dense fog in isolated or some pockets likely to prevail over Punjab and Uttar Pradesh during next 24 hours and decrease thereafter decrease and create dense fog conditions in isolated parts of these states.”
During the same period, isolated dense fog conditions very likely over Bihar, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Assam & Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.
Apart from this, isolated cold wave or cold conditions very likely over Madhya Pradesh during next 2-3 days, IMD stated.
The Met department declares a cold wave when the minimum temperatures are 10 degress Celsius or below, and fall at least 4.5 degrees Celsius below the region’s normal mercury levels for 2 consecutive days.
In addition, IMD has indicated that the maximum temperatures over North, Northwest, and North-Central India will be 2-4 degrees Celsius the average for this time period, and the minimum mercury levels will also fall below average across North, Northwest, and Central India.
Furthermore, the IMD has placed an orange alert over Gujarat’s Saurashtra and Kutch subdivision today, and a yellow watch from January 28 to 31. “As for Madhya Pradesh, the entire state will remain under a yellow watch on Wednesday and Thursday,” it added.