Weather Alert: Due to cold and dense fog in the plains of Ganga, road, rail and air traffic is being affected. In the states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan etc., severe cold has started with dense fog at night and morning. Due to this, the crops of the farmers have also been affected. The Meteorological Department has informed that the low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a depression for a short duration and move west-southwestwards into Sri Lanka. May move towards Comorin area.
Western Disturbance is seen as a trough in the middle and upper tropospheric westerly winds, whose axis is 5.8 km above mean sea level. It runs roughly north of 30 degrees north latitude and 72 degrees east longitude. During the next 24 hours, one or two moderate spells of rain may occur over Coastal Tamil Nadu. The weather will remain dry in the rest of the country. From December 26, light rain and snow may start in the Western Himalayas. The intensity and intensity of fog has decreased in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Dense fog may continue in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Cold day conditions are expected in some parts.
During the last 24 hours, dense to very dense fog was observed over Indo-Gangetic plains over foothills of Punjab, Haryana, North Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Cold day conditions were observed at one or two places in West Uttar Pradesh, many parts of Punjab, parts of North Rajasthan and Haryana. The Meteorological Department has issued an alert for fog and cold wave in five districts of Rajasthan in the next 4 days, including Sikar, Churu, Jhanjhunu, Hanumangarh, Sriganganagar. Where the cold is increasing in the states of North India, the harsh winter season ‘Chilla-e-Kalan’ has started in the Himalayan states.
From December 21 to January 31, there will be severe cold in Jammu-Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand. Lakes, waterfalls and rivers have completely frozen in Ladakh. Water sources in Kashmir have also started becoming ice. Same is the condition in the high altitude areas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The time of Chilla-e-Kalan is 40 days. During these 40 days, the temperature in Ladakh and Kashmir reaches minus. Since snow falls in the hilly states, the winds coming from here to the plains also bring cold along with them. Because of this, there is melting winter in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, UP, Bihar.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : December 23, 2022, 05:54 IST