Cold spell grips Nepal: Meteorological division issues warning

Kathmandu: The Meteorological Forecasting Division of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has issued a cautionary advisory urging citizens to take necessary precautions against the intensifying cold wave sweeping across the country. A noticeable decrease in temperature has been observed, particularly in the Kathmandu Valley, prompting concerns about the rising cold.

As of today, the minimum temperature in Kathmandu has dropped to 4.5 degrees Celsius, with a maximum of 19 degrees Celsius. This marks a consistent trend over the past three to four days, where the minimum temperature hovers between 4 to 5 degrees Celsius and the maximum ranges from 17 to 19 degrees Celsius.

The extreme cold has become more pronounced in Kathmandu, intensifying during the morning and evening hours despite sunny days. Record-low temperatures have been reported, with Jumla registering minus 2.8 degrees Celsius and Jomsom at minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division.

The prevailing weather conditions are attributed to the partial impact of the Westerly wind in Nepal, resulting in partly cloudy to generally fair weather. Tonight, the hilly regions of Koshi, Bagmati, and Gandaki provinces are expected to experience partly to generally cloudy conditions, while the rest of the provinces will be partly cloudy to generally fair.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, the forecast predicts partly to generally cloudy weather in the hilly regions of Koshi, Bagmati, and Gandaki provinces, with the rest of the provinces experiencing partly cloudy to mostly fair conditions. Additionally, there is a possibility of light rain in one or two places in the hilly regions of Sudurpaschim and Karnali provinces.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division has also indicated the potential for light snowfall in specific locations within the high-hilly and mountainous regions of Koshi, Gandaki, Karnali, and Sudurpaschim provinces. As the cold spell persists, residents are advised to stay vigilant and take appropriate measures to safeguard against the chilly weather conditions.