Lower than normal minimum temperatures in most parts of northern India

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Minimum temperature was four notches below normal in Delhi (file)

New Delhi:

Minimum temperatures in most parts of northern India remained below normal on Saturday, with the weather service forecasting an increase in nighttime temperatures on Monday due to a western disturbance approaching the northwestern part of the country.

The nation’s capital recorded a minimum temperature of 8.5 degrees Celsius on Saturday, a day after the city experienced its coldest November morning in 14 years, while air quality remained in the “poor” category. »Recording an average 24 hour AQI of 251.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “average”, 201 and 300 “bad”, 301 and 400 “very bad” and 401 and 500 “serious”.

The minimum temperature was four notches below normal, according to data from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s regional forecasting center, said the minimum temperature in Delhi was likely to rise from Monday under the influence of further western disturbance.

At 7.5 degrees Celsius, Delhi on Friday recorded its lowest minimum temperature in November since November 29, 2006, when the city recorded a low of 7.3 degrees Celsius.

For the plains, the IMD declares a cold snap when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or less and 4.5 notches cooler than normal for two consecutive days.

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Mahesh Palawat, an expert from Skymet Weather, a private forecasting agency, said cold winds blowing from the snow-laden western Himalayas have caused mercury to drop and a similar situation will continue until Saturday.

A new western disturbance is approaching northwest India on November 23. It is likely that it will raise the minimum temperature a few notches, he said.

Minimum temperatures plunged in parts of Rajasthan on Saturday, with Churu being the coldest of the plains at 5.5 degrees Celsius. The nighttime temperature at Mount Abu, the state’s only hill station, was 1 degree Celsius.

Sikar, Pilani, Ajmer, Ganganagar, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaipur recorded their respective minimums of 6.5 degrees Celsius, 7.9 degrees Celsius, 9.5 degrees Celsius, 10.3 degrees Celsius, 11 degrees Celsius, 11.4 degrees Celsius and 11.6 degrees Celsius respectively.

The nighttime temperature was 12 degrees Celsius in Jaisalmer and 12.7 degrees Celsius in Barmer, according to the weather service.

Maximum and minimum temperatures remained below normal levels in Punjab and Haryana, with the meteorological department forecasting dry weather in both states for the next few days.

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Chandigarh, the shared capital of the two states, recorded a high of 22.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal.

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In Punjab, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum temperatures of 22.2 degrees Celsius, 21.8 degrees Celsius and 23.3 degrees Celsius respectively, up to five degrees below normal.

In Haryana, Ambala recorded a high of 21.9 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal, while Hisar’s maximum was 23 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal. Narnaul’s maximum was 26.2 degrees Celsius.

Minimum temperatures were too much between 1 and 4 degrees below normal in most parts of the two states.

The weather was dry in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday and will likely remain so for the next three days.

Cold conditions continued in Himachal Pradesh, with the weather service forecasting rain and snowfall in the state over the next few days.

Manali, Keylong and Kalpa shivered in sub-zero temperatures while Shimla recorded a low of 5.1 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature in Manali of Kullu District was minus one degree Celsius. Lahaul Tribal District and the administrative center of Spiti, Keylong, has been recorded as the coldest place in Himachal Pradesh at minus 3.8 degrees Celsius.

Kinnaur’s Kalpa recorded a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature at Kufri and Dalhousie was 3.4 degrees Celsius and 3.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

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Rain is likely in the middle hills and snowfall in the high hills from November 22 to 25. Rainfall is also likely in isolated areas of the state’s low-lying plains and hills on November 23.

In West Bengal, the meteorologist forecast light to moderate precipitation in southern districts through Sunday, while Kolkata experienced rainfall on Saturday morning, which drastically lowered daytime temperatures.

Kolkata received 22 mm of rainfall until 8:30 a.m. The minimum temperature, which was around 22 degrees Celsius on Friday, is expected to drop a few notches in the coming days.

Under the influence of a cyclonic circulation over the equatorial Indian Ocean and the south-eastern Bay of Bengal, a zone of low pressure formed over the equatorial Indian Ocean and the adjacent central parts of the southern bay from Bengal, IMD said.

It is likely to concentrate in a depression over the southwestern Bay of Bengal over the next 48 hours and reach near Tamil Nadu and the Pondicherry coast on November 25, bringing rain and thunderstorms. in the region, the meteorologist said.

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