Already reeling under chilly weather conditions for the past few days, Delhi got even colder on Monday, with the day temperature hitting the season’s lowest — 14 degrees Celsius.
This was 8 degrees colder than what is considered normal this time of the season, the weatherman said. The minimum temperature remained a warm 9.7 degrees Celsius.
Adding to the chill was the icy northwesterly winds from the Himalayas, blowing at 18 km per hour most of the day and taking the fun out of winter for those who ventured outdoors.
“Going out is like a punishment, especially because of the wind,” said Pushma Malhotra, mother of a 10-year-old boy. “It hurts to send children to school. Why can’t they declare holidays until the weather gets better?”
“With a cloud cover keeping the sun hidden almost throughout Monday, the maximum temperature could not climb at all,” said the Duty Officer at the Safdarjung observatory of the Met department.
The good news is, it might get warmer from here on, the forecaster has said. “From Tuesday, the cold day conditions are likely to abate,” said B.P. Yadav, Director Weather Forecasting, India Meteorological Department. “The clouds will move away and minimum temperatures might dip again.”