State of Rajasthan has come under awful attack of severe cold for the last many days. Eastern half of the state getting heavily punished than the rest. Nasty cold has struck some pockets with icy freeze and extreme chill. Even the western half is also experiencing single digit minimum temperature, much below the average values. This is an after effect of the last bout of snow in the hills and widespread rain in the northern plains, including Rajasthan, around 21st-22nd January.
After the passage of the last weather system, dry weather conditions have prevailed. Chilly winds down the slopes of mountains have got transported over most parts of the state. Absence of any significant weather system thereafter, has led to accumulating cold, raising the degree of harshness over the last 4-5days.
Sikar and Bhilwara seem to be the coldest with low of 1.8°C, about 5-6°C below the normal. Even, Chittorgarh was the close 2nd with 2.2°C. All these are the lowest temperature in January this season and are expected to continue, may be with a drop further. The western parts of the state also have dipped to single digit across the region with Jodhpur recording 6.4°C and Ganganagar still lower with 5.8°C.
The state is expected to reel under bitter cold conditions for the next few days, till 01st February. A western disturbance is arriving over the hills and its off shoot circulation in the plains on 01st-02ndFebruary. This duo weather system will steer the winds stronger and alter their direction as well. This pattern will restrict the free flow of freezing winds from the north and reverse it.
The anticyclone sitting right over the state now will get pushed far to the south and pave way for relatively warmer and humid winds from the state of Gujarat and Arabian Sea. Extreme northern parts of the state may get light rain between 02nd and 04thFebruary. Accordingly, the cold wave will abate from most parts and pleasantly warm days with fair amount of sunshine is expected during next week.