In many places in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, the temperature on Friday was recorded below normal, while the minimum temperature in the national capital was 7.5 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest in the month of November in the last 14 years. Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the regional forecast center of the meteorological department, said that this is the first time since November 29, 2006 when Delhi’s temperature has decreased so much in November. On 29 November 2006, the minimum temperature was recorded at 7.3 degrees Celsius.
The Meteorological Department has said that cold wave is expected in Delhi for the first time in this season. Usually in the plains, the Meteorological Department declares a cold wave for two consecutive days when the temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or less and 4.5 degrees Celsius below normal.
Srivastava said, “” This criterion was met on Friday. If the situation remains the same on Saturday, we will announce a cold wave on Saturday.
The minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 11.5 degree Celsius in November last year. Similarly, the minimum temperature was recorded at 10.5 ° C in 2018 and 7.6 ° C in 2017. According to the data, the lowest minimum temperature in November so far was 3.9 ° C recorded on 28 November 1938.
Mahesh Palawat, an expert in the private weather forecasting agency Skymet Weather, said the temperature dropped due to icy winds from the western Himalayan region and will remain the same till Saturday. He said that a fresh western disturbance is coming towards Northwest India on 23 November. This is expected to cause some increase in the minimum temperature.
According to officials of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), except November 16 this month, the minimum temperature was 2-3 degrees Celsius below normal due to lack of clouds. The Meteorological Department said that cold wave continues in Himachal Pradesh and the temperature in tourist destinations like Keylong and Kalpa has gone below zero. Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of five degrees Celsius.
According to the Meteorological Department, night temperatures have come down in many areas of Rajasthan and the temperature in the state’s only hill station Mount Abu has dropped by two degrees Celsius. An official of the meteorological department said that in most cities, the maximum temperature was recorded at 30 degrees Celsius or less.
The forecast of the department says that the night temperature is expected to fall further in the next 24 hours. In Haryana and Punjab, maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded below normal. According to the Meteorological Department, Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, recorded a maximum temperature of 23.5 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal.
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