Will the weather save the demon-god Ravana from being burnt this year? If the meteorological department is to be believed, ‘induced upper air cyclonic circulation’ – in layman’s terms, a recipe for thundershowers -- might dampen the Dussehra celebrations in the region on Wednesday.
Since Tuesday morning, the weather in the entire northern region has changed, with the temperature falling below normal. Light rain and thundershowers might be witnessed.
JR Prasad, chief scientist stationed at the region’s only Doppler radar in Patiala, said, “There is induced upper air cyclonic circulation over west Rajasthan, which is resulting in the change of temperature in the entire region. Western disturbances from northern region are contributing to a low pressure trough over Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.”
He added, “Snowfall in the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh have also affected the temperature considerably.”
The maximum temperature in Chandigarh was recorded at 30.3 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, a notch below normal. In Haryana, the district that saw a major change was Karnal, where the maximum temperature was recorded at 28 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.
In Punjab, the maximum temperature in Ludhiana stood at 30.1 degrees Celsius, a degree below normal, while the minimum was 14.1, three notches below normal.
Similar weather conditions are expected to linger on for the next two days, said an official from the Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, which monitors the region’s weather.
Dipping mercury on Tuesday
Max Temp (deg C) Change from normal
Chandigarh 0.3 -1
Ludhiana 30.1 -1
Ambala 29.3 -2
Hisar 29 -4
Manali 19 -2
Srinagar 15.6 -5