Jet stream winds of the order of 140-160 knots at 12.6 km above mean sea level are prevailing over the plains of North India. Hence, it is leading to subsidence of cold air and enhancing cold wave/cold day conditions over North India, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.
As per IMD, the intensity of the Jet Stream is likely to continue during the next five days. The weather agency further informed that dense to very dense fog and cold to severe cold conditions are likely to continue to prevail over North India during the next 4-5 days. Apart from this, cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are likely to continue over the plains of Northwest India during the next 5 days.
In its latest weather bulletin, the IMD predicted that light to moderate rainfall in isolated to some places very likely over Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal & Sikkim and Northeast India on January 17 and January 18, 2024.
Apart from this, isolated hailstorm is likely over Sikkim on January 17, 2024. Cold day to severe cold day conditions are also very likely to continue in some parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh during January 17-19 and cold days in some parts on January 20 and January 21, 2024.
Cold day conditions are very likely to continue in isolated pockets of Bihar during January 17-21 and over Rajasthan on January 17 and 18, IMD said in its forecast.