Severe cold in North India, snowfall in Kerala: IMD issues alert

Delhi is preparing for a new round of extremely dense fog that will begin today and last through January 17. Even though the fog conditions over Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and western Uttar Pradesh have been greatly eased by the western disturbance and its stronger surface winds.

In addition, a new cold wave is anticipated for northwest India next week, which would cause the temperature to drop by three to five degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department, as reported by PTI.

Over the last week, temperatures in certain areas of the north plummeted to as low as 1.9 degrees Celsius. According to IMD data, Delhi saw the longest cold wave in the month of January in a decade from January 5 to January 9. Homes for the homeless were opened as a result of the growing cold wave in the capital.

The minimum temperatures recorded on January 5 in Churu, Rajasthan, and Fatehpur, Sikar, were -1.8 and -1.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.

A notice extending the winter break to January 21 was announced by the state governments of Chandigarh and Haryana. All public and private schools in Haryana have extended their winter breaks until January 21. Regular sessions will resume on January 23, 2023.

Snowfall in Munnar, Kerala, brought a surge in visitors. In and around Munnar, a well-known hill resort in the Idukki region situated roughly 1,600 metres above sea level, temperatures have been dropping.

“Areas like Pampadamshola, Vattavada received ‘snow’ and tourists are making a bee line to Munnar. Temperatures in certain areas here have fallen to zero degree starting January. Earlier, the coldest month used to be December, but not any more,” a local told IANS.

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