India Weather Forecast Today (Jan 30): Delhi records highest number of cold waves, light rain to cover Northeast
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India's Weather forecast for January 30

During the last 24 hours, light to moderate rain occurred over southeast Madhya Pradesh, parts of Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh. Isolated light rain occurred over Jharkhand and Bihar. Dense to very dense fog persisted over Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, isolated pockets of Punjab and Haryana. Moderate to dense fog over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, parts of Delhi, and Tripura. Cold wave conditions continued over parts of Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, parts of Madhya Pradesh, and isolated pockets of Saurashtra and Kutch. Ground frost was observed over parts of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and North Rajasthan.

As for the coming 24 hours, light to moderate rain may occur over North Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, North Odisha, parts of Bihar, and West Bengal. Very dense fog is expected to persist over East Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Moderate to dense fog will be over West Uttar Pradesh, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, and parts of Tripura. Cold wave conditions are expected to persist for another 24 to 48 hours over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, parts of Uttarakhand, Saurashtra & Kutch, and Madhya Pradesh. Ground frost may occur for another 24 hours over parts of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and North Rajasthan, said Skymet.

According to Weather Online, on January 30, scattered rain/snow and thunderstorms are likely over Arunachal Pradesh, while just scattered rains and thunderstorms are expected over Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Isolated rainfall is possible over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and Tamil Nadu. Dense fog is likely to engulf isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tripura, and Odisha. Cold day conditions have been forecast over isolated pockets of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Cold wave conditions have been predicted over some pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and East Rajasthan, and over isolated pockets of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and West Rajasthan.

India Weather Forecast Today (Jan 30): Delhi records highest number of cold waves, light rain to cover Northeast
India weather, January 30 (Photo: Weather Online)

5-Day Nationwide Weather Forecast

Light rainfall accompanied by lightning is likely over Eastern India and adjoining Central India on Friday, whereas light rain or snow is on the cards for Northeast India on Friday and Saturday. Further, light rains with lightning have been forecast over Tamil Nadu from Friday onwards, and isolated to scattered rains are expected over Andaman & Nicobar Islands in this forecast period. The rest of the country will experience dry weather.

A fresh western disturbance is likely to bring light snow or rain over Northern India from Sunday onwards. Low-temperature conditions are likely over Northern, Central, Northwestern, and Northeastern India in this period, although the low-temperature tendency over the former three is expected from Sunday onwards. Maximum temperatures will be 2-4°C below average over North-Central and Northeast India for the next five days, and over Northern and Northwest India on Friday and Saturday. As for the other regions, the maximum temperatures will remain near-normal in this period.

As for the minimum temperatures, they will be below average over Central and Northeast India in this period, and over Northern and Northwest India on Friday and Saturday. They will also be higher over Southeastern India on Friday, while slightly higher over Southern, Southwestern, and Northeastern India in this period. Along with the wet and cold weather, dense fog is also likely over the plain areas of Northern India, North-Central India, and Northeast India for the next 2-3 days. Dense to very dense fog has been predicted over Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Sikkim on Friday.

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Delhi 5-day weather forecast

India Weather Forecast Today (Jan 30): Delhi records highest number of cold waves, light rain to cover Northeast
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Mumbai 5-day weather forecast

India Weather Forecast Today (Jan 30): Delhi records highest number of cold waves, light rain to cover Northeast
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Delhi records the highest number of cold waves

Yesterday the mercury was a shade lower at 3.8°C in Delhi. Meteorological Office at Lodhi Road was the lowest at 3.6°C today in the Delhi area. The observatory has recorded a total of 7 days in January when the temperature plunged to 4°C or less. The lowest of this month at 1.1°C was recorded on 01st January 2021. Prior to this, January 2013 had recorded 06 days with temperature <= 4°C and this record get superseded. A better record of 10 days with minimum <= 4°C in the year 2008 still remains unbeaten.

Normally the cold wave is declared when the low temperatures prevail for at least 2 consecutive days. However, Delhi being a small area, the observation of even single days suffices for the presence of cold wave conditions. In the absence of any weather system, dry and cold northwesterly winds from the snow-capped mountains will continue to sweep the plains of North India and intrude up to Delhi and beyond. The following 2 days, 30th & 31st January are also likely to observe a minimum temperature of 4°C or less. But even this feat will not beat the earlier record of the year 2008.

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