The bone-chilling cold in the city may abate by the middle of the week.
According to senior officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a significant difference in the day-time temperatures is expected by Wednesday. "The fog that was stopping the sunlight during the
day is expected to lift and the day-time temperatures will see improvement," said a senior IMD official.
The minimum temperature on Sunday was recorded at 1.9 degrees, the lowest in seven years and of the season. The maximum temperature was low at 11.8, 9 degrees below normal.
Delhiites, meanwhile, huddled inside their houses to beat the chill. "Going out of the house is out of the question. It is way too cold for that. We had to cancel all our weekend plans because of the weather," said Imran Saeed, a resident of Saket.
According to the weatherman, the temperature is expected to be between 14 degrees and 3 degrees on Monday. Fog is expected in the morning but it will not affect flight operations.
"The airport will see fog during late night. The morning is expected to be clear," said RK Jenamani, director in-charge, IGI airport met station.
The NCR towns are facing a worse winter with the minimum temperature reaching -0.2 degrees at Hindon and 0 degrees at Gurgaon.
"The wind and the open areas have made life hell for us this year. I have lived in the hills for a large part of my life and I sometimes feel this spell of winters is colder than what I experienced there," said Rajni Chauhan, a resident of Gurgaon.
The capital has seen one of the colder winters this year with the maximum temperature dropping to 9.8 degrees last week. It was the lowest maximum temperature that the city has seen since it started keeping records in 1969. According to IMD officials, the temperature has fallen drastically during the last few days as no sunlight is being let through during the day because of the fog.
"During the last three days, the fog is lifting at night leaving no insulation and returning in the morning making the day cold and the nights colder," said an IMD official.
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