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It’s close to freezing and there’s no respite in sight

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 05, 2013
First Published: 00:51 IST(5/1/2013) | Last Updated: 02:18 IST(5/1/2013)

For all those who thought the worst was over, the mercury dipped to new lows. And going by the meteorological department forecast, there is one chilly weekend ahead of you.

On Friday, the minimum temperature touched a six-year low at 2.7°C, and according to the weatherman, the minimum temperature on Saturday is expected to be around 3°C.

The last time the Capital experienced anything close to this was on January 8, 2007, when it touched 2.6°C. However, the lowest ever temperature recorded in the city is -0.6°C way back on January 16, 1935.

If Delhi shivered on Friday, its NCR cousins chattered. In Gurgaon the minimum temperature touched 0.7°C, while Hindon and Faridabad recorded 0.6°C and 1.7°C respectively.

The maximum temperature, however, was warmer at 15.7°C, five degrees below normal but up from Wednesday’s record 9.8°C.

“Fog is expected in the morning but the sky will clear up by late morning,” a Met department official said.

The previous few days have witnessed low temperature coupled with winds blowing in from the hills. This has resulted in wind chill factor, a phenomenon caused by high-speed winds, which makes a person feel colder than it actually is on the ground.

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