Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 2.4 degrees Celsius this morning as cold winds swept through the national capital and neighboring areas.
The city experienced the coldest day of the season yesterday with temperatures dropping to 1.4 degrees Celsius.
At 1.4 degrees Celsius, yesterday’s temperature in Delhi is the lowest in January since 2021. The Safdarjung Observatory – the city’s base station – had recorded a minimum temperature of 1.1 degrees Celsius on January 1, 2021.
The all-time low of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius was recorded in the national capital on January 16, 1935.
Intense cold wave conditions and fog prevailed in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Dense fog in parts of northwest India reduced visibility, delaying several flights and trains.
The chilly weather has prompted Chandigarh, Udaipur in Rajasthan and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh to extend the winter break for students up to grade 8.
India’s Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast intense cold snap conditions to continue in northwest India and parts of central India until tomorrow, after which temperatures will rise marginally by 4 to 5 degrees Celsius from Thursday.
Earlier, Delhi saw an intense cold spell from January 5 to January 9, the second longest in the month in a decade.
The city has recorded about 50 hours of dense fog in January so far, the maximum in the month since 2019.
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