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Stock up more winter wear as colder days predicted ahead

Get extra woollens as the weather office has predicted a high probability of Delhi witnessing below normal minimum and maximum temperatures this month but there are no chances of snowfall.

delhi Updated: Dec 14, 2010 12:52 IST

Get extra woollens as the weather office has predicted a high probability of Delhi witnessing below normal minimum and maximum temperatures this month but there are no chances of snowfall.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) says the probability of below normal minimum and maximum temperatures is high at 60-80 per cent in the northwest plains of India. However, it said, this "does not indicate" the possibility of snowfall in Delhi.

The other global centres also predict high probability of below normal temperatures this winter.

"The probabilistic forecast of temperatures issued by the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (IMD) also indicates a high probability of below normal temperatures during the three months period of December 2010 to February, 2011," an IMD official said.

The mean minimum and maximum temperature for the month of December is 8.2 degree Celsius and 23 degrees. For January, it is 7.3 degree Celsius and 21.1 degrees while for February, it is 10.1 degrees and 21.1 degrees respectively.

The official said this year's winter started on a rather warmer note with the minimum temperatures during November remaining above normal on many days of the month.

The mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures for the month of November this year was were 27.6 degree Celsius and 15.6 degrees respectively against their long period average of 28.3 degrees and 12.8 degrees.

The lowest minimum temperature of 9.9ºC was recorded on November 29, 2010. The minimum temperature during the first week of December have been hovering around 7-8 degree Celsius which is about one degrees below their normal values.

The minimum temperatures during December falls to about 4-5 degree Celsius and that during January to 2-3 degrees every year.

The all-time record for minimum temperature in Delhi for the month of December is 1.1 degree Celsius recorded on December 26, 1945 and that for January is -0.6 degrees recorded on January 16, 1935.

In the recent past also near zero degree temperature (0.2 degree Celsius) was recorded on January 8, 2006.