Mercury dropped below zero in Kashmir, heavy rains expected in Tamil Nadu and Kerala


On Monday, the minimum temperature in many parts of North India was recorded below 10 degree Celsius as the mercury dropped below zero in Kashmir. The month of November in Delhi was the coldest in 71 years. Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of heavy rains in southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala in view of the storm forecast.

IMD said that a low-pressure area formed over the Bay of Bengal on Monday and it is expected to be converted into a deep low-pressure area. Going forward, it can take the form of a cyclonic storm. Due to this, heavy rains are expected in southern Tamil Nadu and southern Kerala between December 2 and 3.

The IMD reported that the storm may cross the coast of Sri Lanka in the evening or night of December 2. In its latest bulletin, the department said that due to its effect, there are chances of rains in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala, Mahe, Lakshadweep, Andhra Pradesh between December 1 to 4. Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had undergone a cyclonic storm a few days earlier, causing heavy rainfall.

The month of November in the national capital was the coldest in 71 years. The average minimum temperature was 10.2 degrees Celsius. According to IMD, the average minimum temperature in November of 1949 was recorded at 10.2 ° C.

According to IMD data, the average minimum temperature was recorded at 9.6 ° C in November of 1938, nine ° C in 1931, and 8.9 ° C in 1930. The average minimum temperature in November is generally recorded at 12.9 ° C.

The average minimum temperature in November last year was 15 ° C, 13.4 ° C in 2018, 12.8 ° C in 2017 and 2016. At the same time, the air quality of the national capital fell in the 'very poor' category and it is expected to worsen due to falling temperature and slowing wind speed. According to IMD, the city's air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 307.

The 24-hour average AQI was 268 on Sunday, 231 on Saturday, 137 on Friday, 302 on Thursday, and AQI at 413 on Wednesday. Delhi's minimum temperature was 6.9 degrees Celsius on Monday. This was the eighth day in this month when the minimum temperature was recorded below 10 ° C.

Night temperatures at various places in the Kashmir Valley were recorded below zero. Officials said the minimum temperature in Srinagar was minus 1.3 degrees Celsius. It was 2.3 degrees Celsius below. Gulmarg was the coldest place in the union territory. In most parts of Rajasthan, the cold has increased after a further fall in night temperature.