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Mercury falls further over northwestern India as icy winds from the western Himalayas hit the plains

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Minimum temperatures continued to fall in most of northwestern India on Sunday and Monday. Delhi recorded a low temperature of just 6.5 degrees C, 5 degrees below normal until 6.30 a.m. M.

On Sunday, Gulmarg recorded a low temperature of -7.3 degrees C, 5.3 degrees C below normal; Palampur registered 2 degrees Celsius, 6.9 degrees C below normal; Hisar registered 7.7 degrees C, 3.5 degrees C below normal; Bathinda registered 5.4 degrees C, 3 degrees C below normal; Kota recorded 9.3 degrees C, 6 degrees C below normal and Mt Abu recorded 1 degrees C, 4.9 degrees C below normal.

“The cold in the plains as a result of the snowfalls on the hills. The cold winds blowing from the snow-laden western Himalayas have caused a drop in mercury, the minimum will increase by 2 to 3 degrees C from Monday, when a new western disturbance affects the region, “said Kuldeep Shrivastava, head of the regional weather forecast center. .

In Delhi, the lowest minimum temperature in history was recorded on November 28, 1938, when the minimum was 3.9 ° C, IMD data shows.

Under the influence of the western disturbance, it is highly likely that there will be scattered to fairly widespread rains or snow in the western Himalayan region between 23 and 26 November. Isolated heavy rain or snow is also very likely in Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad and Himachal Pradesh on November 25. Low temperatures are likely to drop substantially after the WD passes.

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Meanwhile, the well-marked low-pressure area over the southwest and southeast contiguous to the Bay of Bengal has been concentrated in a depression over the southwest of the Bay of Bengal about 700 km south-southeast of Puducherry and 740 km to the south-southeast of Chennai. It is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours. It is likely to cross the shores of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on November 25. This is the first cyclone of the post-monsoon season in the Bay of Bengal, another very severe cyclonic storm, Gati, over the Arabian Sea has passed through Somalia and is likely to gradually weaken.

Anglers are advised not to venture into the equatorial Indian Ocean and the adjacent central parts of the South Bay of Bengal on November 22; over the southwest and along the west-central Bay of Bengal, the Gulf of Mannar and along and off the coasts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and southern Andhra Pradesh during November 22-25. “We expect extremely heavy rains throughout Tamil Nadu, Rayalseema region. There may be some damage due to high winds and rain when the storm moves inland, ”said RK Jenamani, senior scientist at the National Weather Forecast Center.

Hindustan Times

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