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At 2.9°, Christmas sends down chills

The plummeting of temperature on Christmas eve did not seem to deter Delhiites from celebrating the occasion. People flocked to Sacred Heart Cathedral at midnight and Metro trains continued to run packed till the last. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2011 00:25 IST
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The plummeting of temperature on Christmas eve did not seem to deter Delhiites from celebrating the occasion. People flocked to Sacred Heart Cathedral at midnight and Metro trains continued to run packed till the last.

At 2.9 degrees - five degrees below normal - the temperature of Saturday night and Sunday morning was the lowest in the past 10 years. According to the Met department, the week will start on a similar cold note on Monday. And if 2.9 degrees Celsius recorded at Safdarjung was not enough, Gurgaon recorded a freezing 0.1 degrees.

Taskeen Agha, a resident of Sector 56, Gurgaon, said her family stayed up till 1am celebrating Christmas on the rooftop. They had to light a bonfire to stay warm. "It was freezing cold. So the children were bundled up in lots of warm clothes," Agha said.

North Campus came alive with loud music blaring till late in the night and bonfires being lit on rooftops. Kostov Baruah, a student of DU and resident of Vijay Nagar, said Christmas comes once a year and celebrations could not be given a miss just because of the cold.

"My friends and I attended the midnight mass at St James' Church and came back home to celebrate. We had collected some wood and we lit a bonfire in the afternoon," he said.

Karan Bajpai, a businessman from Mayur Vihar Phase I, said despite the cold, he and his family went out on a drive because of the clear weather. "It was only when we stepped out of the warmth of the car that the cold came as a blow," he said.

Homeless people however spent a sleepless night. Some built bonfires and others huddled in groups to battle the cold.

During the day, however, the weather remained sunny with no fog being reported. According to Met department, Monday will witness very less fog. But it has predicted that temperatures are likely to plummet even further on Monday with the minimum temperature expected to hover around 2 degrees Celsius. But from Tuesday, the minimum temperature is expected to rise to 4 degrees Celsius.

On Saturday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 20 and 3.3 degrees respectively.