North India headed for severe cold spell this week, mercury to hover between 0 & -4°C in plains: Met expert


Already in the grip of a severe cold spell, there`s more bad news in the offing for North India as vast swathes of the region are likely to experience a drop in temperatures to a minimum of -4 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius in the plains, according to a weather expert. A tweet by a top weather expert said icy, a severe chill would be experienced between January 14 and 19 and is likely to be at its peak from January 16 to 18. Jammu and Kashmir, which has literally been snowed under in what has been an unforgiving winter, would have no respite from the cold spell with the mercury predicted to drop to a minimum of -6 degrees Celsius.

Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Norther Madhya Pradesh will be in the grip of a severe cold wave over the week, with the minimum temperature hovering between 0 and 4 degrees Celsius.

“Don`t know how to put this up but upcoming spell of #Coldwave in #India look really extreme during 14-19th January 2023 with peak on 16-18th, Never seen temperature ensemble going this low in a prediction model so far in my career. Freezing -4°c to +2°c in plains, Wow!” the weather expert tweeted, tagging his post with a graphical representation of how the cold wave will play out in the northern plains over the week.

The IMD, in its latest weather forecast, has said due to the current Western Disturbances and consequent stronger surface winds, fog conditions have significantly improved over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and West UP, but dense to very dense fog cover continues over East UP and Bihar.