Delhi experienced its driest winter in 13 years, with not a single day of rain being recorded during January.
Delhi, on an average, sees two to three days of rain in January. This January, however, the gauges have remained on zero with no rain recorded whatsoever. Sunday saw a very light drizzle which was not enough to be recorded.
The maximum temperature on Sunday was recorded as 21.5 degrees Celsius, a degree below normal, and considerably below the 27 degrees Celsius that the city experienced on Saturday.
The minimum temperature on Sunday morning was recorded as 14.4 degrees Celsius, a whopping 6 degrees above normal.
Monday is expected to see a mainly clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be in the range of 22 degrees and 11 degrees Celsius.
January this year also saw the fourth worst fog in 20 years.
“According to the data for peak fog season in December 2015 and January 2016, the city witnessed 429 hours of fog and smog, which is the fourth worst in the last 20 years. The three years when the city saw longer duration of fog were 2003, 2014 and 2010,” said RK Jenamani, director in charge, IGI Airport Met Centre.
According to the weatherman, December and January are peak season for fog and smog due to low temperatures that are witnessed during this period. The two months of December-January also do not see high speed winds and there is no vertical dispersion of moisture and pollutants.
“The fog this time did not kill visibility drastically as it occurred at very high night temperature. In fact, one of the most severe fog episodes was seen on January 8 in a minimum temperature of 12.4°C. The most prolonged spell of fog — between January 13 and January 20 — was formed at a temperature range of 9 degrees and 14 degrees Celsius,” Jenamani said.