While Delhi saw the third coldest December in the past 50 years last year with an average minimum temperature of 6.7° Celsius, the winter chill has gripped several other parts of of northern, western and central India. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the biting cold weather conditions is likely to continue for the next two to three days over Delhi-NCR region due to the northwesterly winds.
Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, parts of the North East and Jharkhand are likely to experience very low temperatures over the next few days. Ground frost conditions are also are likely in many parts of the above states, except Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
There was, however, some respite on Tuesday after night temperatures increased by a few degrees in several places of the state. The night temperature in Bhilwara settled at 3.9° Celsius followed by 4.4° Celsius in Mount Abu. Alwar, Churu and Chittorgarh recorded a minimum temperature of 5.4° Celsius each.
The state otherwise known for its blistering summers has been witnessing cold weather conditions too. Places such as Adilabad, Warangal and Hyderabad are likely to especially have cold conditions.
The Adilabad district administration has initiated measures like distribution of blankets and sweaters to those sleeping in bus stations. There has also been an overwhelming response to Adilabad district collector Divya Devarajan’s call to the employees to donate warm clothes instead of wishing her on New Year by presenting bouquets.
Temperatures plummeted to below 8° Celsius in at least 10 places and below 10° Celsius in at least 19 locations on Tuesday in Odisha. The weatherman has further ruled out respite from chilly conditions in the next few days.
The tourist destination of Daringibadi remained the coldest place in the state recording 4° Celsius. The minimum temperature recorded in state capital Bhubaneswar was 9.5° Celsius, while neighbouring Cuttack also shivered at 9.4° Celsius.
As intense cold swept across Kandhamal, ground frost also occurred in some places such as Daringibadi, Balliguda, Raikia, Kotagarh and Tumudibandha in the district.
A 35-year-old man died in Madhya Pradesh’s Raisen district as temperatures dropped to below normal degrees, reported The Times of India. Jungle areas of Mandla, Umaria and Bundelkhand regions also saw a thin layer of ice even as some other parts reported ground frost. Khajuraho and Umaria were the coldest places at 1° Celsius.
West Bengal and North East India
Darjeeling in West Bengal and Gangtok in Sikkim received snowfall for the first time in 10 years in December 2018, reported the Hindustan Times. The army recently rescued around 4,000 tourists stuck in the higher reaches of Sikkim.
A cyclonic circulation over north-eastern India may bring scattered snow and rain over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim on Friday. Thunderstorms and hail are likely over Meghalaya. Dense fog is likely over Sikkim.
Pune had recently broken the record of experiencing the coldest December in 18 years with temperatures dipping to 5.9° Celsius. On the other hand, Nagpur was the coldest with 3.5° Celsius and was declared colder than places such as Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Patiala in Punjab and Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday morning.