Delhi’s winter continues to play hide and seek.
After remaining as good as absent for most of this month, the chill factor is about to make a comeback, albeit for a brief period, in the final leg of winter.
Continuous snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir in the past three days has brought some nip in the Capital’s air. On Tuesday, while the minimum temperature remained a couple of degrees more than normal, the icy northwesterly winds added their bit to make the “felt-temperature” much lower.
“The wind-chill factor is at work. The winds are bringing the extra cold. Due to the winds, temperatures feel colder than they usually are,” said S.C. Bhan, director at Safdarjung observatory of the Met department. As a result, while the day temperature was 21º C, just about touching the normal mark.
This day last year, Delhi shivered under a minimum temperature of 6.4º C, and a maximum of 18.4º C.
The city wore an overcast look the whole of Tuesday as sharp winds kept lashing Delhiites. “It was nice to finally get some winter chill. It’s been an unusually warm for this month. The winter is going to end soon, so it’s great to have a few days of chill in the final days,” said Sumona Roy, a resident of Sarojini Nagar.
However, this will not last more than a couple of days as a set of rain clouds (the western disturbance) is approaching the hilly states. During its approach, temperatures in the plains will rise again.
“There will not be any string of below-normal temperatures anytime soon,” said Bhan. With January, the coldest month of the year entering its last week, the chances of winter making a significant comeback could be as good as nil.
Last January, Delhi had a cold wave with temperatures plummeting to 2.6º C, 2º C degrees and then even 1.9º C. This year, the mercury has not plunged below 4º C —the season’s coldest so far.