New Delhi: As the ice-cold winds swept across the northern part of the country, cold waves are predicted in parts of Delhi over the next four days as the minimum temperature is expected to drop to three to four degrees Celsius.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), moderate to dense fog is expected over the next four days in the national capital region.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a minimum of 5.3 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 23.9 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, the IMD said.
The observatory on Sunday recorded a minimum of 3.4 degrees Celsius, which has been the lowest so far. On Monday, the temperature increased to 5.5 degrees Celsius due to the fresh Western Disturbance affecting the upper reaches of the Himalayas.
The maximum temperature settled at 23.5 degrees Celsius, two notches more than normal.
“After the Western Disturbance withdraws on Tuesday, the temperatures are expected to drop again,” Mahesh Palawat, an expert at Skymet Weather, a private forecasting agency, said.
Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh, dense fog and severe cold conditions prevailed, Churk in Sonbhadra district being the coldest place in the state, recorded a low of 3.2 degrees Celsius.
The meteorological department has forecast cold conditions at isolated parts of Uttar Pradesh over the next few days.
Severe cold conditions prevailed in Kashmir too as the minimum temperature remained below the freezing point across the valley, even as the meteorological office said the weather is likely to remain dry and cold till the weekend when a spell of light to moderate snowfall is possible at widespread places.
States of Haryana and Punjab saw a slight rise in day temperatures, while Rajasthan recorded a marginal increase in night temperatures.
The day temperatures hovered one to two points above normal at most places in both the states, settling between 21-22 degrees Celsius.
According to the IMD, Hisar in Haryana recorded a low of 3.2 degrees Celsius, four points below the normal limits.
(With Agency Inputs)