This year, the desert state of Rajasthan is seeing a record-low temperature drop, with snowfall at Mount Abu’s hilltop resort and zero degrees Celsius in Churu, the entryway to the Thar.
People on Mount Abu’s steep, rocky Aravalli plateau, which is close to the Gujarat border, awoke to find the ground covered in snow and automobiles coated in glass. On Monday, Churu, a city in Rajasthan regarded as the entrance to the Thar Desert, too had a minimum temperature of zero degrees Celsius.
Extreme cold is gripping most of northern India, and there is currently a cold wave there. Traffic on roads, trains, and in the air has continued to be disrupted by fog that causes poor visibility. The visibility in most of the northern states remained low, with Bhatinda in Punjab and Bikaner in Rajasthan recording “zero visibility,” according to the India Meteorological Department.
The capital city’s visibility was also 50 metres. The visibility remained poor not only in Bhatinda but also throughout Punjab, with Amritsar having visibility of only 25 metres. Even Haryana experienced poor visibility. Chandigarh had a visibility of 200 metres whereas Ambala and Hissar recorded lows of 25 and 50 metres, respectively.
IMD data shows that locations in Rajasthan such as Churu and Sri Ganganagar had low visibility of 25 and 50 metres, respectively. Low visibility was reported in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal on the day, with 50 metres of visibility at some locations in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. North Bengal, on the other hand, measured visibility of 200 metres.