New Delhi: The cold wave is likely to intensify in national capital after January 26, with Delhi breaking its all-time rainfall record for January after receiving an additional 19.1mm of rain between 8:30pm on Saturday and 8:30am on Sunday.
However, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted no rain for the city till January 29, and said the impact of colder winds from snow-clad hills will lead to a drop in the minimum temperature, which is expected to hover around 6-7 degrees Celsius in the next five days. Meanwhile, the maximum temperature could also hover around the 16-degree mark for the next three days, before a gradual rise to 17 or 18 degrees. This could mean that ‘cold day’ conditions persist in parts of the Capital.
Met officials said Delhi has already recorded six western disturbances (WD) so far this month, with the last two, including the latest spell this weekend, among the most active seen in January in years.
“Last weekend, we saw over 40mm of rainfall at almost all stations, and this was the most active western disturbance of this winter season. Similarly, the latest western disturbance (WD) was also fairly active, and has brought moderate rainfall at the Safdarjung and Palam stations,” said RK Jenamani, scientist at IMD.
He also said that no rain is predicted in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana till February 2 now.
“There is no rain predicted in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana till February 2 now. The western disturbance has moved further east,” Mr Jenamani said.
“In these areas, the temperature will remain around 15-17 degrees Celsius. Cold wave will intensify in Delhi after 26th January,” he added.
Delhi had recorded its highest rainfall in January in 122 years after the city received 88.2 mm of rain on Sunday.