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India prepares for harsher winter in 2020

It's an ideal time now to get all your thick and comfortable garments prepared as the coming winters are going to be super cold this year. The India Meteorological Department has indicated a harsher winter than regular this time.

With temperatures dipping under typical numbers over numerous regions of northwest India, meteorologists are suspecting a “harsher/colder and an all-encompassing winter” this season because of different reasons like overpowering La Nina conditions. The India Meteorological Department has indicated a harsher winter than regular this time.

The capital city today recorded a base temperature of 10.8 degrees Celsius, the least this season up until now.

Regularly in the primary seven day stretch of November, the Safdarjung Observatory records at least 14 to 16 degrees Celsius. 

And so, the mercury has been seen to plunge to 11-12 degrees Celsius in the first three days of November, as indicated by IMD authorities.

Low Base Temperatures Across the States in India

The IMD says temperatures remained ‘considerably beneath ordinary’ (- 3.1°C to – 5.0°C) at places over Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Muzaffarabad and ‘underneath typical’ (- 1.6°C to – 3.0°C) over West Uttar Pradesh, East Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi in the previous 24 hours with Hissar recording the base temperature of 8.9 degrees Celsius.

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Image: Skymet Weather

Reason for Extended Winters 

As per Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, November 1 was the coldest in the previous 10 years in the capital and comparative conditions are likewise predominant in abutting districts. 

Foreseeing a harsher and broadened winter this season, he says there are three primary explanations behind an early drop in temperatures this year — dry climate, lesser/more fragile western disturbances, and clear skies. 

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According to him, “There has not been a lot of snowfall in the slopes as the majority of the western disturbances have been feeble. Around Diwali, a solid western disturbance is expected to bring snow to slopes, which will bring about a drop in temperatures. Likewise, this is a La Nina year and La Nina conditions coincide with extended winter.”

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Image: climate.gov

Harsher winter: La Nina 

La Nina is an atmospheric design that portrays the cooling of the Pacific waters, while El Nino is described by curiously warm sea temperatures. 

The two components are additionally accepted to affect the Indian storm. 

In India for instance, El Nino is related to the dry season or feeble storm while La Nina is related to a solid rainstorm or more normal downpours and colder winters. 

There could be a higher recurrence of extraordinary typhoons over the Bay of Bengal because of La Nina, which could bring about colder winters this time.

Further, Pahlawat likewise added, “there ought not to be a feeling that environmental change prompts ascend in the temperature, yet in actuality, it prompts inconsistent climate.”

Soumya Das
A postgraduate in English from The English and Foreign Languages University, Soumya possesses a knack for collecting critical information as well as putting it out in a structured manner. She believes that a firm and unwavering opinion on varied things, along with the capability of critical judgment is of paramount importance. A lover of offbeat books and movies, Soumya really wishes to make a difference in this morbid dystopia that we live in.

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