The India Meteorological Department has predicted cold wave conditions over the plains of northwest India for the next four days.
IMD reported :
•Dense to very dense fog and cold waves are very likely to continue over the plains of northwest India including Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar during the next 5 days.
•Above normal to normal minimum temperatures are likely to prevail over southern parts of southern peninsula, many parts of northeast India and some parts of northwest India.
•Above normal maximum temperatures are likely in most parts of northeast India and some parts of northwest, east and east central India.
According to IMD bulletin: Rainfall is also forecast for northwest India (East Uttar Pradesh, West Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh) this month and is most likely to be below normal (78 percent of Long Period Average (LPA). Below normal rainfall is most likely in most parts of the country except many parts of southern peninsular India and some pockets of central India where above normal to normal rainfall is expected.
Meanwhile, in Delhi, after a brief respite on New Year, cold wave conditions returned and people were found huddled around bonfires along roads to beat the freezing conditions. Kolkata witnessed reduced visibility in many areas on Monday due to cold waves and fog.
In Uttar Pradesh, the meteorological department has issued an alert for cold waves and very dense fog in 36 districts for the next two days. According to the Meteorological Department, the temperature is likely to drop 4.5 degrees Celsius below normal in many districts including Mirzapur, Varanasi, Jaunpur, Ghazipur, Azamgarh, Mau, Ballia and Gorakhpur.
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