New Delhi: The first rain of 2022 was experienced by many states of North India experienced over the past 48 hours. The average minimum temperature remained above normal by several notches in the sub-Himalayan belt and the plain region.
While rain in the first five days of January was above the long period average in Himachal Pradesh being 85%. In Punjab, it was 13%. It was recorded 71 % below normal in Haryana.
As far as precipitation during of past 48 hours, IMD data showed that there has been a massive surplus in the above mentioned three states. Rain has been above normal by 650 percent in Himachal Pradesh, 283 percent in Punjab and 73 percent in Haryana, according to IMD data.
According to IMD, the minimum temperatures remained above normal by 2 to 5 degree Celsius over most parts of north India during the past 48 hours. No significant change in the temperature was recorded since 5 January 2022.
The rainfall over northwest India is expected to continue till January 9 due to two active western disturbances. A western disturbance lies over Afghanistan and its neighbourhood while an induced cyclonic circulation lies over southwest Rajasthan and adjoining Pakistan, with moisture feeding on the Arabian Sea over northwest India. This will result in widespread light to moderate rain or snow continuing over many parts of north India on January 5, 2022.
After this, an intense western disturbance is very likely to affect the northwest region of India from the night of January 6 onwards, leading to widespread rain and snowfall over the western Himalayan region as well as plains of Punjab and Haryana during January 7-9, the IMD predicted.