New Delhi: People in Delhi and its surrounding areas woke up to a chilly morning. As the minimum temperature in the national capital dropped to 1.4 degrees Celsius – the lowest. So far this season – as another cold wave swept through northwest India.
The minimum temperature in the capital has dropped by nearly nine degrees in just two days. It was 4.7 degrees Celsius yesterday and 10.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
Today’s temperature in Delhi is the lowest in January 2021. Safdarjung observatory – the city’s base station – recorded. Aminimum temperature of 1.1 degrees Celsius on January 1, 2021.
A senior meteorologist said the minimum temperature in the city may drop by one degree Celsius tomorrow.
Cold wave conditions and foggy weather prevailed. Over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
In Haryana, Hisar recorded a minimum temperature of 0.8 degrees Celsius. While Amritsar in Punjab dipped to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Churu, near the Thar Desert, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius, the lowest in the plains today.
Cold weather has prompted Chandigarh, Rajasthan’s Udaipur and Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut to extend. Tinter vacation for students up to class 8.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast severe cold. Current conditions to continue for the next three days.
The minimum temperature is likely to drop further by around 2 degrees Celsius over several. Parts of northwest and central India during the next two Delhi days, followed by a slight increase of 3 to 5 degrees Celsius from late Wednesday.
Dense fog reduced visibility in parts of north India, delaying several trains.
Day temperatures are expected to remain normal in the national capital. A senior meteorological official said. “Cold circulation conditions will prevail in Delhi during the night and early morning. Hence, this cold spell cannot be compared to the previous one,” he said.
Earlier, Delhi witnessed a spell of severe cold spell from January 5 to January 9, the second longest month in a decade.
The city has recorded nearly 50 hours of dense fog so far in January, the most since 2019.