Central Extreme Cold Grips North India: Schools Closed, Snowfall Forecasted

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Parts of north and north-west India are currently experiencing biting cold conditions, with maximum temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius being reported in several cities and towns.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted cold wave conditions in parts of Punjab, Haryana, north Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand in the next two days. Saurashtra and Kutch regions are also expected to experience cold wave conditions within the next 24 hours, as per IMD’s announcement on Monday.

A cold wave is defined as when temperatures drop to 4 degrees Celsius or lower, or 4.5 degrees below the normal mark.

Delhi witnessed shivering temperatures on Sunday, with a morning (minimum) temperature of 5.3 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest day of the season so far on Christmas. IMD forecasts dense fog and cold wave conditions for the national capital, with temperatures expected to further decrease to 4 degrees Celsius on Monday.

The Delhi government has decided to close schools for the winter break starting from January 1.

The weather agency has predicted snowfall in higher areas of Kullu, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti, and Kinnaur districts of Himachal Pradesh following a fresh western disturbance (WD) expected on December 26 (Monday).

Western Disturbance is an extra-tropical weather system originating in the Mediterranean Sea, bringing rain/snowfall to the northwestern parts of the Indian subcontinent. It is anticipated to reach the western Himalayan region on the night of December 29, resulting in isolated to scattered rainfall/snowfall.

IMD forecasts foggy conditions to persist throughout the week.

According to the IMD bulletin, cold wave conditions are expected in isolated areas of Saurashtra and Kutch in Gujarat over the next 2 days.

Many places in Kashmir experienced the coldest night of the season, with the mercury dropping several degrees below freezing point. This intense cold has caused the interiors of Dal Lake in Srinagar to freeze.

Kashmir is currently in the midst of “Chilla-i-Kalan”, a 40-day period of harsh winter when a cold wave affects the region, leading to significant temperature drops and the freezing of water bodies and supply lines. This period starts on December 21 and ends on January 30.

In light of the cold wave conditions, government schools in Bihar up to class 8 will remain closed from December 26 to 31.

– with PTI inputs

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