The southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala will experience heavy rainfall in the coming days, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in the weather forecast.
According to IMD, heavy rainfall is very likely in isolated places in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal. These places will also witness storms accompanied by lightning.
The situation will continue until December 22, IMD said. Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh and Yanam may also suffer from rains during this period, he said.
The weather is likely to be dry in other parts of the country, the weather department said in its forecast.
Meanwhile, northern India is under control of a cold snap, and heavy fog has swept through many states. The national capital Delhi recorded the lowest minimum temperature of the season – 4.1 degrees Celsium – on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the minimum temperature in Delhi was 5.9 degrees Celsius (at 6:30).
IMD said “cold day” conditions could persist in the pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, North Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh for the next two days. Some of these areas may experience a “severe cold snap” on Friday and Saturday.
In Himachal Pradesh, Keylong and Kalpa recorded sub-zero temperatures, despite the dry weather in the state.
In the Kashmir Valley, nighttime temperatures dropped below freezing due to clear skies, with the famous Gulmarg ski resort shaking at minus 10.2 degrees Celsius.
All weather stations in the valley recorded night temperatures below zero degrees a few degrees below normal during this part of the season, IMD officials said.
Churu was the coldest place in Rajasthan, with a minimum of 5.2 degrees Celsius, followed by Pilani, where the night temperature was 5.3 degrees Celsius.