The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today predicted that a “cold to severe cold wave” will grip north and central India over the next two-three days.
The weather department further said that respite from cold is unlikely for a week as the minimum temperatures are very likely to be below normal over most parts of the country till January 21.
“A cold to severe cold wave is very likely over at a few places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and a cold wave at a few places over Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and interior Odisha during next 2—3 days,” the IMD said.
In association with the western disturbances, the main reason behind the drop in temperatures, the wet spell over the western Himalayan region (Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) is also likely to continue during January 14 to 17 and over adjoining plains during January 15 to 17 with peak intensity on January 15, the IMD said in its forecast for the next two weeks.
There could also be normal rainfall activity during the next two weeks.
The minimum temperatures are very likely to be below normal over most parts of the country till January 21. They are likely to be normal or above normal over northwest India between January 22-26, it said.
(With PTI inputs)