Winter rain in Delhi takes a backseat; foggy mornings, chilly nights to return

Winter rain in Delhi takes a backseat; foggy mornings, chilly nights to return

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After a rare prolonged dry spell over 42 days, Delhi finally got to see some winter rains on Tuesday. In fact, it is after December 11, 2017, that the national capital and its adjoining regions of Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad observed rains. This spell was also the first occasion of rains of 2018.

Along with Delhi, most parts of the northwest plains and hills also received widespread rain activity during the last 24 hours. However, the rains were short lived and light in nature.

In the last 24 hours from 08:30 am as on Tuesday, Delhi’s Safdarjung Observatory recorded 4.4 mm of rains, while the Palam Observatory witnessed 1 mm.

The other regions of Delhi and NCR that recorded rains include Narela and Jafarpur with 8 mm, Najafgarh and Mungeshpur witnessed 7 mm of rains, Ridge 5.6 mm, and Faridabad, Noida and Hindon recorded 2 mm of light spells each.

In wake of this, the maximums dropped significantly over all the above-mentioned areas leading to cold-day conditions. In fact, the evening got even colder as chilly winds were blowing across the city.

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As per Skymet Weather, these rains can be attributed to the passage of an active Western Disturbance over Western Himalayan region. This also induced a cyclonic circulation that formed over North Rajasthan and adjoining Punjab and Haryana.

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As reiterated by weathermen, whenever these two systems form together, they move together and give widespread effect in terms of rains over the plains of Northwest India including Delhi which happened yesterday.

As of now, the Western Disturbance and the induced cyclonic circulation has become less marked. The rain belt has also moved towards East India, thereby rainfall activity taking a backseat over Delhi-NCR.

Moreover, now, the speed of winds is likely to decrease by tomorrow and thus, moderate fog is possible tomorrow and day after that is on Republic Day. However, the intensity of fog will not be very severe, therefore, any disruption in the parade and fly-past is not anticipated on January 26.

The sky will remain clear and the maximum temperatures will once again crawl back to normal, though there may be a slight dip in minimums due to the flow of cold northerly winds from the snow-clad Himalayas.

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