Northern and northwestern India suffered a bone-chilling cold wave, with the lowest temperature dropping to minus 4.7 degrees Celsius in Fatehpur, Sikar region, Rajasthan state recently.
Frosty winds have dropped minimum temperatures by 3 to 5 degrees Celsius in much of northern and northwestern India with much fog. The Met Office said cold to severe cold conditions are expected states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi and parts of western Madhya Pradesh.
Major Updates on Cold Waves in North and Northwest India:
- Faridkot in Punjab shivered at -1 degree Celsius. Amritsar recorded the lowest temperature of 1.6 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana, Patiala, Pathankot, Bathinda and Gurdaspur experienced cold weather conditions of 4.9, 4.2, 8, 1 and 3.7 degrees Celsius respectively.
- According to the Indian Meteorological Administration (IMD), Churu, located near the Tar Desert, recorded a minus 2.5 degree this season.
- The mercury dropped to 4.7 degrees Celsius at Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s main weather station. Due to the cold wave, the lowest temperature fell to 2.6 degrees in Japapur, 3.8 degrees in Lodi Road, 3 degrees in Ayanagar, and 3.2 degrees in Ridge.
- The Korea Meteorological Administration predicted that the minimum temperature would drop further over the next few days, considering the dry weather, but the night temperature in most areas of Kashmir was below freezing. Srinagar recorded a record low of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday night. It was 0.5 degrees lower than the previous night. Anantnaggun Pahalgam recorded minus 10.9 degrees Celsius, down 5 degrees Celsius from the previous night. It was the coldest recorded in Jammu and Kashmir.
- The Bureau of Meteorology expects low temperatures to drop another 2 degrees Celsius in many parts of northwest and central India by January 17-18, with Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi during this period.