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Cold conditions prevail in northern India, heavy rains likely in southern states from December 1

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Gulmarg in Kashmir shuddered to minus 5.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday as cold conditions prevailed in most of northern India, while IMD said southern states are likely to see heavy rains from 1 December. Eight people have died in the Chittoor and Kadapa districts of Andhra Pradesh in the past three days due to flooding caused by heavy rains triggered by cyclone ‘Nivar’, authorities said on Saturday. The Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, announced an ex gratia payment of 5 lakh rupees each to the relatives of the deceased. In Delhi, the minimum temperature was recorded at 10.1 degrees Celsius and the maximum was 26.4 degrees Celsius. The city’s air quality fell back into the “poor” category one day after favorable wind speeds helped it improve significantly.

With winds subsiding, government agencies said air quality is likely to deteriorate further. The city’s 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) was 231 on Saturday. Stronger winds and a drastic reduction in the contribution from stubble burning were two main reasons for cleaner skies in Delhi on Friday. However, the winds slowed overnight allowing pollutants to accumulate.

Winds are predicted to subside on Sunday and therefore Delhi’s air quality is likely to deteriorate further and remain in the ‘bad’ to ‘very bad’ category for the next two days.

Further north, cold weather conditions prevailed in most of Jammu and Kashmir, with Gulmarg in the valley recorded as the coldest place at minus 5.6 degrees Celsius.

The meteorological department has forecast dry weather in the union territory until December 4.

Kashmir experienced sub-zero nighttime temperatures as the mercury settled several degrees below freezing, with Srinagar recording the lowest temperature of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius, while Qazigund (Anantnag) and Kupwara experienced a low of minus 1 , 8 degrees Celsius and minus 1.0 degrees Celsius. respectively. Temperatures in Himachal Pradesh increased by one to two levels as the weather remained dry in the state in the last 24 hours. Lahaul and Spiti’s administrative center, Keylong, was recorded as the coldest place in the state at minus 9.5 degrees Celsius.

The highest temperature in the state was recorded in A at 28.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday. In Rajasthan, night temperatures dropped a few degrees in some parts of the state with Mount Abu recorded as the coldest place with a minimum of 1 degree Celsius, while on the plains, Churu was the coldest place with a minimum temperature of 5 , 8 degrees Celsius. The meteorologist has predicted a drop in nighttime temperatures and cold spells in northern parts of the state over the next 24 hours.

Minimum temperatures remained slightly above normal limits in Haryana and Punjab, and Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a low of 8.7 degrees Celsius. In Haryana, Ambala recorded a low of 9.5 degrees Celsius, one level higher than normal, while Amritsar in Punjab recorded a minimum temperature of 6.8 degrees Celsius, one level above normal.

The weather remained dry in Uttar Pradesh with shallow to moderate fog in isolated locations. Daytime temperatures fell appreciably in the Varanasi division and increased significantly in the Bareilly division, but there were no major changes in the remaining divisions of the state.

In the south, the IMD said an area of ​​low pressure over the southern Andaman Sea and the adjoining Bay of Bengal was “very likely” to concentrate into a depression in the next 48 hours and further intensify before moving forward. towards the coast of Tamil Nadu, which would lead from heavy to extremely heavy rains in the southern states from December 1.

It is most likely to move west-northwest and reach the southern coast of Tamil Nadu on December 2. The meteorological bureau predicted heavy to very heavy rains in some places with isolated extremely heavy falls as “very likely” in southern Tamil Nadu and southern Kerala. on December 2.

Heavy to very heavy rains are also very likely to occur over northern Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Mahe and Karaikal, and northern Kerala from Tuesday to Thursday, IMD said, adding that the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh, Rayalseema, the southern interior of Karnataka and Lakshadweep are also likely to receive heavy rains during this period.

Meanwhile, the IMD issued an ‘orange’ alert for the Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts in Kerala on December 1 and for the Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts on December 2 after the low pressure area. A yellow alert was also issued for the Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kottayam districts on Tuesday and for the Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and idukki districts on Wednesday.

The orange alert indicates heavy to very heavy rains ranging from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain, while the yellow alert is heavy rains ranging from 6 cm to 11 cm. In Andhra Pradesh, eight people were killed in flooding caused by heavy to extremely heavy rains in the state’s Chittoor and Kadapa districts in the past three days, the state government said on Saturday.

Agricultural crops on 72,755 hectares in Kadapa, 33,269 hectares in SPS Nellore, and 9,658 hectares in Chittoor district were damaged in the flood, caused by Cyclonic Storm Nivar, which had brought heavy rains in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry recently.

Hundreds of houses and roads stretching hundreds of kilometers in these districts were also damaged, the Gatherers told the prime minister during a review meeting chaired by him.

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