North India to face intense wet spell till January 5
(Sourced from PTI)
North India is likely to witness an intense wet spell till Tuesday, with fairly widespread precipitation accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning, and hailstorm at isolated places, the India Meteorological Department said on Sunday. The activities will peak on Sunday over the plains (Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, West UP, north Rajasthan), and on Monday over the western Himalayan region," the department said.
An active western disturbance lies as a middle-and-upper-level cyclonic circulation over central Pakistan and neighborhood, with its induced cyclonic circulation over southwest Rajasthan and neighborhood at lower levels. A north-south zone of wind confluence was also observed on Sunday from north Punjab to the northeast Arabian Sea, with a strong interaction between south-westerly in association with the western disturbance and lower-level moist south easterlies.
"All these favorable meteorological features are likely to persist till January 5...with peak activities on January 3 and 4 over the plains...and on January 4 and 5 over the western Himalayan region," the IMD said. From January 7 onwards, isolated places in Punjab, Haryana, and north Rajasthan are likely to face fresh northerly-north westerly winds causing cold to severe cold wave conditions.
"Heavy rainfall was reported in areas across Delhi, increasing the minimum temperature," a Meteorological department official informed. "The Safdarjung observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 9.9 degree Celsius, an increase of 6.7 degree with 25 mm rain. The Palam observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 11.4 degree Celsius with 18 mm rain. Rain with hailstorm is expected until January 6," the official said.