Headlines December 31, 2020
Cold wave intensifies in North India
Cold wave conditions intensified in north India with fresh snowfall reported from hill areas. Parts of Haryana and Hisar are touching zero degree Celsius temperature.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a western disturbance led to widespread” snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Cold and dry northerly and northwesterly winds from the western Himalayas are bringing the minimum temperatures down in north India.
Delhi has been affected with icy winds sweeping through the city. Minimum temperature is down to 3.6 degrees Celsius.
The IMD declares a cold wave if the minimum temperature dips to 4 degrees Celsius. A severe cold wave is when the minimum is 2 degrees Celsius or less.
Most places in Kashmir recorded moderate snowfall, and this is good news for the tourism industry which will see business pick up.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded seven inches of fresh snowfall, while the Pahalgam resort in the south and the Sonamarg resort in central Kashmir received around three to four inches of snow each.
The snowfall ahead of the new year has seen many domestic tourists and locals rushing to Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
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