Weathermen predict chilly wave circumstances in area throughout subsequent week

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 20

Cold wave conditions are likely to occur over isolated pockets of northwest India during the next week with the overall temperature over most parts of the region very likely to be below normal by 2-6 degree Celsius, according to latest meteorological forecasts.

A fresh Western Disturbance will very likely affect northwest India during 22-25 November and cause light isolated to scattered rainfall over Western Himalayan Region during this period, according to a statement issued today by the Ministry of Earth Science.

Rain or snow activity is very likely to be near normal over the Western Himalayan Region, the statement added.

While the preceding week had witnessed heavy precipitation in most parts of the region, rains are deficient for the overall season so far.

As predicted earlier, due to an active Western Disturbance during the past few days, rainfall over northwest India was massively above the Long Period Average (LPA) with large excess rainfall over all the sub-divisions of northwest India except West Rajasthan.

According to data compiled by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) rains were surplus in Haryana and Punjab by 1,266 per cent and 1,078 per cent respectively for the week from November 12-18. In Himachal Pradesh, the surplus was 330 per cent.

IMD data also shows that in the current autumn season beginning October 1, rains have been deficient by 53 per cent in Haryana and 41 per cent respectively in Himachal and by 12 per cent in Punjab.

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