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Mercury to come down later this week; fog may return

delhi Updated: Feb 09, 2010 00:44 IST

After a few weeks of absence, the clouds returned to the Capital’s skies on Monday, bringing with them some thundershowers, thanks to heavy snowfall in the hill states up north.

The overcast, gray sky did not let the night’s pent up heat escape, thus raising the mercury to 30.1 degrees Celsius, one of the warmest February days in the past 10 years.

This was seven degrees warmer than what is considered normal this time of the season. “The heat just kept rising since morning. It will be cooler Wednesday onwards,” said the duty officer at the Safdarjung unit of the Met office.

The minimum temperature stood at 13 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal.

By evening, the Easterly winds started blowing at 15 kilometers per hour, significantly quicker than usual.

The Met expects the weather to remain like this for the next two days after which there are chances of the days getting cooler.

Thereafter, the temperatures might oscillate between a cooler 24 and 10 degrees Celsius, the forecast said.

Another fallout of the wet weather, fog, is expected to make a comeback, said officials at Palam (airport) unit of the Met department.

“The only deterrent to dense fog right now is the high temperature. If temperature comes down, there is enough moisture in the air to form dense fog,” said R.K. Jenamani, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD).

For Delhiites dodging the drizzles throughout the day, the weather brought hope of some winter chill once again, said S.R. Sharma, a government official who works at Shastri Bhawan in Central Delhi.

“We can look forward to some cool days. This time the winter vanished quite prematurely,” he said.

For Tuesday, the weatherman has predicted some thundershowers with the mercury remaining between 24 and 16 degrees Celsius.