North India receives rain, air traffic in Kashmir remains affected


Delhi experienced light rain in the morning on Wednesday, pushing the minimum temperature in the nation’s capital to 10.9 degrees Celsius. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), which previously predicted that Delhi-NCR would likely receive rainfall from January 5 to 9, said no cold spells are likely to prevail in northern India during the 6 to 7 next days.

The weather report indicates that the sky will remain cloudy with the possibility of light rain from January 5 to 7, while thunderstorms are expected on January 8 and 9.

Other parts of the country also experienced poor weather conditions. Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana faced a colder than normal morning.

Light rains triggered by disturbances from the west have occurred in parts of Rajasthan since Tuesday with Jaisalmer recording 12.4mm of rain followed by Churu with 7.2mm of rain. Sangaria, Barmer, Fatehpur, Pilani and Sikar received rains of 6, 4.7, 4.5, 4.2 and 3mm respectively, according to a MeT report.

A boy slides down a slope on a makeshift sled after a fresh snowfall on the outskirts of Srinagar, India. (AP)

Meanwhile, the overnight temperature in the state on Tuesday evening was between 8.7 (Karauli) and 17.3 (Jodhpur).
Weather conditions will remain the same for the next 24 hours, the MeT said.

Air traffic between Kashmir and the rest of the country remained affected for the second day in a row on Wednesday due to bad weather, with intermittent snowfall reported in most parts of the valley in the past 24 hours. officials said.

“Flight operations were not possible at Srinagar airport today due to bad weather. Four flights have been canceled so far,” a senior airport authority official told PTI. India, he said the resumption of air traffic would depend on weather conditions.

The Kashmir Valley is currently in the grip of the harshest 40-day winter period known as ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ which started on December 21. ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ is a period when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably causing the freezing of bodies of water, including the famous Dal Lake here as well as the water supply pipes in several parts of the valley.

Wednesday’s minimum temperatures exceeded normal limits in Punjab and Haryana. The rains hit parts of Punjab including the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Among other places in Punjab, the rains hit Ferozepur, Bathinda, Mohali, Pathankot and Jalandhar. Amritsar recorded a low of 11 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana’s low stood at 11.9 degrees and Patiala recorded a low of 11.8 degrees while Ferozepur recorded a low of 12.2 degrees Celsius, according to the meteorological report of the Meteorological Department.

Faridkot (11.8 degrees), Gurdaspur (12.3 degrees C), Bathinda (14 degrees C), Jalandhar (11.3 degrees C) and Sangrur (11.1 degrees C) also recorded minimum temperatures above the normal.

Parts of southern India have also recently experienced rainfall and a drop in temperature.

The minimum temperature fell to zero degrees Celsius in Sandynalla village in Nilgiris district after a 15-year hiatus on Wednesday, upending normal life in the area.

The neighborhood has witnessed heavy fog for the past few days and cold conditions have prevailed in many places, forcing people to stay indoors.

Earlier this week, heavy rain hit Chennai and its suburbs on Thursday, flooding roads and causing traffic jams. Tamil Nadu Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachadran said a total of three people lost their lives due to electrocution. He added that a red alert had been issued in four districts – Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Chengalpattu.

(With PTI entries)


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