Chandigarh witnessed minimum temperature plunged to 2.9 degree Celsius in the wee hours of Sunday, the lowest in this season. Earlier in December 2014 , the temperature had gone down to 2.3 degree Celsius. Recently, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared it to be the first day of cold wave this season.
Meanwhile, the IMD has predicted that the similar conditions are likely to continue on Monday before the western disturbances become active and maximum temperature returns to normal. The maximum temperature 11.1 degree Celsius was much lower than that in the hill station (14.4 degree Celsius).
The IMD declared the cold wave in the planes when minimum temperature goes below 10 degrees and is 4.5 degrees below normal. Meanwhile, IMD scientist Shivinder Singh, said that “Nights were cloudy in the previous week. Saturday night was the clear night, which is why temperature fell so fast.
“Clouds are like a blanket, preventing heat from keeping the minimum temperature on the higher side,” IMD scientist Shivinder Singh said. The minimum temperature was rcorded at 5.1 degree Celsius on Saturday. Meanwhile, the maximum temperature went down from Saturday’s 11.7°C to 11.1°C.
Also, the red colour warning for cold wave and severe cold day conditions was issued in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi on Sunday. The maximum temperature will remain between 11 and 12 degrees while minimum will be between 4 and 6 degrees for the next three days.