Chill has returned with night temperatures in North-West India falling after a prevailing western disturbance exited to east.

Night temperatures fell by 4-6 deg Celsius over Haryana, Delhi, north Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh and west Uttar Pradesh.

EAST WARMING

But they were above normal by 3-6 deg Celsius over east India which came under the influence of the westerly system. The lowest night temperature of 4.2 deg Celsius was recorded at Adampur in Punjab, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Night temperatures may fall further over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh.

Rain/snowfall lashed Uttarakhand and parts of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir overnight on Thursday.

Rains were also reported at many places over Uttar Pradesh and parts of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.

SIGNING OFF

IMD forecast said light rain/snow would occur at one or two places over Uttarakhand on Friday. Weather would be mainly dry over Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

To the east, rain or thundershowers has been forecast over Bihar and east Madhya Pradesh. Rains would hold for two days over Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Night temperatures may fall by 3-6 deg Celsius over east Uttar Pradesh and east Madhya Pradesh from Friday and Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh from Saturday.

This would mean the clearing up of the entire region by the western disturbance.

RAIN IN SOUTH

Winds from the system had fanned into the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, mopping up moisture in the process.

It was deposited in the form of thundershowers selectively over Kerala, north interior Karnataka and Andaman and Nicobar. The winds also caused an easterly wave passing through South Bay of Bengal to blow moisture into the peninsula.

The IMD said that the feeble easterly wave would continue to affect extreme south peninsular India for three more days.

Thundershowers would break out over Andaman and Nicobar Islands and parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

vinson.kurian@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on February 7, 2013)
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