The southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala will experience heavy rain in the coming days, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in the weather forecast.
According to the IMD, heavy rains are very likely in isolated places on Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal. These places will also witness thunderstorms accompanied by lightning.
The situation will continue until December 22, IMD said. Lakshadweep, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh, and Yanam can also experience rains during this time, he added.
The weather is likely to be dry in the remaining parts of the country, the meteorological department said in its forecast.
Northern India, meanwhile, is under the grip of a cold wave and thick fog has enveloped many states. The national capital Delhi recorded the lowest minimum temperature of the season on Tuesday – 4.1 degrees Celsium. On Wednesday, the minimum temperature in Delhi stood at 5.9 degrees Celsius (at 6.30am).
IMD said “cold day” conditions are likely to persist in the pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, northern Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh for the next two days. Some of these areas could experience a “severe cold wave” on Friday and Saturday.
In Himachal Pradesh, Keylong and Kalpa recorded sub-zero temperatures despite the dry climate in the state.
In the Kashmir Valley, nighttime temperatures dropped below freezing due to the clear skies, with the famous ski resort of Gulmarg shivering at minus 10.2 degrees Celsius.
All weather stations in the valley recorded sub-zero night temperatures several degrees below normal for this part of the season, IMD officials said.
Churu was the coldest place in Rajasthan with a minimum of 5.2 degrees Celsius followed by Pilani where the night temperature was 5.3 degrees Celsius.