New Delhi, Jan. 31 (Delhi Crown): Delhiites are advised to keep their mufflers, sweaters and jackets handy, as Mercury is once expected to dip later this week amid rains in the national capital
After a spell of Sunny days in Delhi when temperature shot up to over 22 degrees Celsius, there is a forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) about rains on February 3 and 4, thus once again bringing about the chill experienced last week.
On Monday the weather office predicted that an active western disturbance is likely to bring widespread rainfall to the northern plains and snowfall in the hills between February 2 and 4.
As per the IMD, while Delhi is expected to record a maximum temperature of 23 degrees in the next three days, it could hover between 19 and 20 degrees Celsius on February 3 and 4 as wind speeds touch 30-40 km/hr.
Peak rainfall activity is expected to occur on February 3 for Delhi, with a yellow alert currently in place for the Capital.
“Due to the approaching intense western disturbance, minimum temperatures are gradually going to rise over northwest India. The impact of the WD will be felt mainly in the hills and northern areas but on February 3 we can expect light rain in Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh as well. The system will move eastwards bringing rain to Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal also. Thereafter there will be a fall in minimum temperatures but it’s very difficult to say if there will be cold wave conditions again. Till the first half of February cold wave conditions can still arise,” said a scientist at the IMD.
He added – “We could see light showers across the city on February 3, while a drizzle is expected in parts of Delhi on February 4. Unlike the past western disturbances in January which brought moderate rainfall both times, the intensity of this will be slightly lower. However, we can still expect gusty conditions.”