Dense fog in the morning, followed by a sunny day, with the maximum temperature reaching 24 degrees Celsius -- that was the weather like on Sunday in the national capital, prompting people to speculate if it was the end of winter.
Even as the sky was clear for the rest of the day, a blanket of fog till 9.30 am made visibility drop below 50 metres.
The Met office statistics show that the maximum temperature (24.0 degree Celsius) was three notches above normal, while the minimum was 7.6 degree Celsius (normal).
The day temperature has shown an increase in the last couple of days. On Saturday, the maximum temperature was 22.3 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal.
In fact, the balmy Sunday afternoon raised the hackles of quite a few people. “I don’t have tinted glasses (in my car). It was so hot, I felt like putting on the AC,” cribbed Atul Galghotia, who was travelling from Ghaziabad to a central Delhi location.
Met officials corroborated that this year there have been huge fluctuations in the maximum temperatures due to fog conditions. India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director B P Yadav said, “Generally, climatology suggests that winter severity starts decreasing towards the end of third week of January.”
However, Yadav warned, “Due to western disturbances, there can be some days with cold wave conditions.”
The Met office has predicted fog on Monday morning and then a mainly clear sky during the day. The maximum temperature is expected to be 23 degree Celsius, while the minimum is expected to hover around 8 degree Celsius.