Delhiites faced untimely chill for yet another day as the maximum temperature dipped to 27.2 degrees, three degrees below what is normal for this time of the year. This is the lowest temperature this season so far.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 15.9 degrees Celsius, a degree above normal.
Adding to the chill, fog enveloped the city since the morning. The sun did not come out of the cloud cover as shallow fog remained all day.
Similar weather is also expected in the next week. The fog is expected to disperse by November 7, the weatherman said.
“The untimely fog is because of cyclone Nilam. It brought high moisture to the city. This, coupled with low wind speed and high content of particulate matter in the air, has led to the fog. We are expecting an improvement in visibility after a week,” a senior met official said.
A western disturbance is likely to affect western Himalayas on November 5 and 6. This may further bring down the temperatures. The met department has forecast shallow fog at the IGI airport with visibility dropping to below 500 metres during these days.
The humidity on Friday oscillated between 96% and 55%. The low visibility in the morning came as a surprise to many.
“I left home around 7 am to drop my daughter to school and it seemed like it was the beginning of December. The visibility was surprisingly low,” said Deepak Malhotra, a resident of Palam Vihar.
The weatherman has forecast a slightly colder day on Saturday. The maximum temperature is expected to be 27 degrees while the minimum is predicted to be 16 degrees Celsius with a partly cloudy sky.