Delhi continued to shiver at below normal temperatures on Thursday and chilly days are here to stay as the weatherman predicted no respite in the coming days.
The maximum hovered around 14.5 degree Celsius, a good six degrees below normal while the minimum inched up to 5.3, a notch higher than Wednesday's 4.2 degrees.
The city has been experiencing intensely cold days this week with Tuesday being the coldest with both minimum and maximum dropping to season's lowest of 3.7 degrees and 12.7 degrees, respectively.
Wednesday's maximum was 13 degree Celsius.
Icy winds blowing across the city for the last several days have also added to the woes of Delhiites. At least three cold-related deaths have been reported in New Delhi since December 26.
The weatherman has predicted no relief for Friday with temperatures likely to be around 14 and 6 degrees. Fog is expected in the morning while the minimum and the maximum may be around 5 and 14 degree Celsius.
"The cold conditions are likely to continue," a Met department official said.
According to Met statistics, the record for the highest maximum for the month of January was 32.5 degree Celsius recorded on the 28th of 2004. The record minimum is -0.6 degree Celsius recorded on 16th of the month in 1935.
In the last decade, only last year the minimum did not drop below five degree Celsius. In 2006, the minimum dropped to 0.2 degrees on January eight while two years later, the lowest minimum was 1.9 degrees on 2nd of the month.
The mean minimum for the month of January is 7.3 degree Celsius while the mean maximum is 21.1 degrees.