According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the bitter cold in the capital has eased, with the highest and lowest temperature in January recording 10.6 degrees Celsius, three places higher than normal.
According to PTI, the highest temperature in Delhi was 23.1 degrees Celsius, three places higher than normal. According to the IMD, light to moderate rainfall is expected for the city next week. They said strong winds were likely to blow over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh on January 23 and 24.
IMD also said northern India would take a break from the cold wave for the next five days.
Fresh snow in Himachal Pradesh
Meanwhile, some parts of Himachal Pradesh, including Shimla’s Jakho peak and neighboring areas of Kufri, saw a small increase in the capital’s tourist footprint as fresh snow fell on Friday, officials told PTI.
Upper Himachal Pradesh saw some snowfall, while 380 roads were closed as intermittent rain fell across the state as a result of disturbances in the west, they said.
National Highway 3 and National Highway 305 were blocked at Rohtang Pass and Jalori Pass, and the Gramhu to Lossar section of National Highway 505 was also closed due to heavy snow.
182 roads were closed in Lahaul and Spiti, 68 in Shimla, 53 in Kullu, 29 in Mandi and Kinnaur, 14 in Chamba, 3 in Sirmaur and 2 in Kangra district.
The Korea Meteorological Administration predicted that wet weather would continue in the region until January 26, light rain and snow in remote areas on January 21 and 22, and light snowfall throughout the mid-mountainous and alpine areas on the 23rd.
Snowfall due to ground subsidence Joshimath
On Friday, snow and rain were also reported in several parts of Uttarakhand, adding to the suffering of subsidence-affected Zoshimas people living in makeshift relief camps as the cold snap intensified.
State Prime Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami held a meeting with senior officials including Additional Secretary Radha Raturi and Disaster Management Secretary Ranjit Kumar Sinha and asked them to ensure that the temporary relief center in Joshimath is supplied with sufficient heaters and bonfire materials under PTI.
Besides Joshimath, which sits at an elevation of around 6,000 feet, snow also fell in many famous places at high altitudes in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts, including Badrinath, ski destinations Auli, Kedarnath, Hemkund Sahib, Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers. , officials told PTI.
Punjab, Haryana Cold Wave:
Cold weather continued to affect Punjab and Haryana on Saturday, with Hisar being the coldest in the region.
According to Met office reports, Hisar in Haryana recorded the lowest temperature of 3.5 degrees Celsius, nearly 3 degrees below normal.
Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, recorded the lowest temperature of 5.8 degrees Celsius.
In Punjab, the nighttime temperature in Bathinda was 4.6 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal.
Mumbai AQI improvement:
Mumbai’s AQI, which was in the ‘very bad’ category for the fourth day in a row, improved slightly. Most areas in Mumbai reported an AQI below 200 or ‘poor’ air quality. Some provinces, such as Sion and Deonar, have AQIs above 200.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) sought to relocate nine of its System of Air Quality Research and Forecasting (SAFAR) monitoring stations to ‘clean’ areas of the city following criticism of the city’s poor AQI. .
MPCB officials claimed that the SAFAR monitoring system did not accurately represent Mumbai’s ambient air quality according to HT.