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Severe Cold wave expected in North India, IMD Says ‘Avoid Drinking’

Many regions in North India are expected to face a cold wave towards the end of this week. Drinking alcohol at home or at year-end parties is not a good idea, says the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). 

In the IMD’s latest impact-based adversary, it said that a severe cold wave expected over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and northern Rajasthan from December 28th; which in turn will increase the likelihood of contracting various illnesses like the flu, running nose or nosebleed which usually set in or get aggravated due to prolonged exposure to the cold. 

“Don't drink alcohol. It reduces your body temperature,” the advisory read.

It also advised everyone to get indoors, eat food rich in vitamin C and keep the skin hydrated by moisturizing to counter the effects of the severe cold. 

Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the regional forecasting centre of the IMD, said that the mercury will increase slightly on Sunday and Monday under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance affecting the upper reaches of the HImalayas, but this relief will be short-lived. These western disturbances will lead to snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

After the wind system withdraws, cold and dry northerly/northwesterly winds from the western Himalayas will bring the minimum temperature in north India down by three to five degrees Celsius, the IMD said.

"Cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are likely in isolated pockets over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, UP and north Rajasthan from December 28-29. Ground frost and dense fog are likely in isolated pockets in the region," it said.

For the plains, the IMD declares a cold wave when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and is 4.5 notches less than normal. A "severe" cold wave is when the minimum temperature dips to two degrees Celsius or the departure is more than 6.4 degrees Celsius.