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Weather update: Fresh spell of cold wave to return over North, Central and North-West India

Due to the large number of water bodies and rivers, there is a lot of moisture in the Indo-Gangetic plains. Once the Western Disturbance retreats, cold northwesterly winds will start blowing towards the plains.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) are likely to witness a cold wave next week and the minimum temperature may drop to around three degrees Celsius. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that cold wave will prevail in Delhi-NCR between January 16 and January 18. The minimum temperature can remain up to three degrees Celsius on Tuesday and Wednesday in Ayanagar and Ridge areas.

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Cold winds will blow after the retreat of Western Disturbance

The official of the Meteorological Department said that there is a lot of moisture in the Indo-Gangetic plains due to the large number of water bodies and rivers in the region. Once the Western Disturbance retreats, cold northwesterly winds will start blowing towards the plains.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 340 (very poor) at 7 pm. Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) are likely to witness a cold wave next week and the minimum temperature may drop to around three degrees Celsius. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) gave this information on Saturday.

severe cold in punjab

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At the same time, the outbreak of severe cold has increased in Punjab on Saturday and the mercury has fallen further in many places. Bathinda and Amritsar are in the grip of severe cold and the minimum temperature remains close to zero. Bathinda recorded a minimum temperature of 0.6 degrees, while Amritsar recorded a minimum temperature of 1.2 degrees.

The maximum temperature in Chandigarh was 13 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature was 11.4 degree Celsius. The Regional Meteorological Center said Gurdaspur and Moga recorded a minimum temperature of four degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature was 15 degrees and 14 degrees, respectively. The maximum temperature was recorded at 16.6 degrees Celsius in Ludhiana and 15.6 degrees in Patiala. Mohali recorded a maximum temperature of 13.4 degree Celsius.

Snowfall in many parts of Himachal Pradesh

Snowfall occurred in many parts of Himachal Pradesh. Manali received 23 cm of snow, Khadrala and Shilaro 16 cm, Kufri 12 cm, Bharmour 10 cm, Shimla and Gondla six cm, Dalhousie and Kalpa four cm of snow. The Meteorological Center in Shimla has predicted dry weather in the region for the next four days and warned of dense fog and cold wave in the lower hills till Tuesday.

Avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday

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Meanwhile, an avalanche hit a village in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Saturday, but there was no report of any loss of life or property. Officials gave this information. According to officials, an avalanche warning was issued for 12 districts including Bandipora after moderate to heavy snowfall a day earlier.

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