North India-Due to the lack of a strong Western Disturbance (WD), the weather in north and northwest plains will remain pleasant this week. Maximums will remain between 26 to 27 degrees, which is about 2 degrees below the normal average. The minimums in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana will also remain below normal, at around 10⁰C, making nights cold. Shallow fog is expected to occur in the early morning hours which will clear after sunrise. Visibility will therefore be good, allowing smooth flow of road, rail and air traffic. Up in the hills of Jammu and Kashmir, isolated snowfall will take place by the middle of the week. Minimum temperatures in Srinagar and Leh are already touching sub-zero levels.
East and Northeast India - Generally good weather will prevail in East and Northeast India this week. The wind pattern is expected to remain the same. Northwesterlies from the hills of North India will affect parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, whereas remaining parts of East and Northeast India will receive cool and slightly humid northeasterlies. The cloud cover which was seen over parts of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal due to the system in the Bay, will now reduce as the system has weakened. Skies will be mainly clear this week with no major change in the mercury levels. Maximum and minimum temperatures will remain around 28 and 14 degrees respectively.
Central India- Weather in Central India will be very pleasant this week. Nights will not be too cold with morning minimums settling around 12 degrees Celsius. With northeasterly winds blowing at a speed of 15 to 20 kmph, days could be slightly windy in Central India. Skies will be sunny and the weather will be perfect for some sightseeing. Maximum and minimum temperatures will settle two degrees below the normal average due to cool winds from the north. Maximums will remain around 27 to 28 degrees Celsius while minimums will hover around 13 degrees. Central India has maintained pretty low temperatures for the last couple of days and are expected to continue the same trend for the entire week.
South India–After receiving heavy rain, weather in South India is expected to turn dry this week. The first half of the week in South India will see very little or isolated rain over Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. But by Thursday, a new system, currently lying in central Bay of Bengal, will affect Andhra and Odisha coasts. Skies will remain partly cloudy to cloudy in entire Peninsular India. Maximums which fell significantly in the last few days could rise but only temporarily, as more rain may occur with the approach of the new system. Our weather models show, yet another system may develop in the Bay of Bengal over the weekend. Maharashtra coast, Konkan and Goa are currently the hottest regions in India, with maximums recording around 35 degrees Celsius.
Photo by Ritika Acharya.