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Make indoor plans for 31st December, rainfall confirmed in Delhi NCR
Chief Meteorologist at Skymet Weather Services Pvt. Ltd, Mahesh Palawat has confirmed that Delhi NCR is going to witness rainfall on the final day of the year – 31st December 2013. Hence, rain could play a spoilsport in scheduled New Year outdoor parties. People in Delhi love to party along with their families and friends on the 31st, bidding adieu to yet another blissful year, hopefully.

Palawat even suggests people to stay indoors and enjoy the day. He said, ''Even if people are going out during the day, one should be prepared to carry an umbrella, raincoat. But, it would be better to avoid any kind of outdoor parties.''

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When asked about the surety of the prediction, Palawat with a tone of confidence in his voice said, ''It is on the 31st of December that Delhi NCR and some parts of western Uttar Pradesh will witness rainfall from the morning and will continue throughout the day. It (rainfall) is 80 per cent confirmed.''

But, there is a ray of hope for optimistic party lovers, as it has been stated that it is not going to be a heavy rainfall. It may rain for few hours in one place and few hours in some other place within Delhi NCR. This pattern may take place throughout Delhi NCR, as it is going to rain here and there, but the rain will not last for hours in the same place. But, a cloudy spell is expected to dominate the skies throughout the day.

Delhi wrapped in cold wave

The minimum temperatures for 20th and 21st of December read 12 and 12.5 degrees respectively. People in Delhi and its adjoining areas have felt a severe cold wave since the last two to three days, as temperatures have taken a serious dip with 25th and 26th December recording a minimum of 7.0 and 6.2 degree respectively. With some rainfall here and there in Delhi NCR today early morning, the temperatures might be even lower.

But, considering the history of Delhi and its cold weather, winter has arrived late and Palawat agrees to it as well, stating that there were no active western disturbances for the winter to set in early. He provides an explanation in the increasing windy conditions in Delhi at present, ''The recent western disturbances, which took place between 21 to 23 December has led to a snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and other hilly regions.''

People in North India suffer the most owing to snowfall in those regions. This time, Delhi also felt a cold wave but not like places such as Punjab and Rajasthan, where recorded minimum temperatures were 2.3 and 0.9 degrees respectively.

Temperatures come down to such an extent due to the icy cold wins, which blows from these hilly regions. ''Only after the western disturbance is felt, the icy cold winds blow towards the northern part from these hilly regions, resulting in low temperatures.''

Hence, if we go by the predictions of Skymet Weather Services Pvt. Ltd, brace yourself for a cold and a wet New Year.

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