So far in this winter season, rains have remained far and few for Northwest India. In fact, the last rainy spell that the region saw was on December 11-12. Since then the region has remained practically dry, leading to warmer days.
Hills of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have not seen any major spell of snowfall during the thick of the season. Meanwhile, plains have been dry due to which occurrence of frost has increased that may lead to crop damage.
Delhi-NCR has not recorded rains for straight 39 days, which is the longest dry spell in last five years. The absence of rains had pushed the day maximum to 27.7C on Thursday, which was the second highest maximum temperature recorded in last decade in the month of January.