To the surprise of many, Thursday turned out to be the second coldest day of February in last one decade. What’s more, it was also the coldest day in last four years.
The minimum temperature was recorded at four degree Celsius — around five degrees below the normal. The maximum temperature, however, remained at 19 degree Celsius.
And the situation does not seem to change anytime soon with the Met department predicting the minimum temperature to touch an all-time low on Friday. The minimum temperature can even fall below three degree Celsius.
The last time when an all-time low temperature was recorded in the month of February was in 1982 at 1.6 degree Celsius.
“There has been snowfall in the hills which has reflected sharply on the city’s climate,” said a Met official.
The reason behind such unusual temperature is the strong northwestern winds which are prevailing over the Capital for the last 48 hours and are predicted to be there till Saturday.
“Development of cold wave or severe cold wave conditions during the winter month of February is not unusual. Such type of weather conditions have been experienced in the past also in association with the intense western disturbances,” said BP Yadav of the Indian meteorological department (IMD).
On February 2, 2008, the minimum temperature was recorded at 2.9 degree Celsius. Cold winds blew at the speed of eight km per hour in several parts of the Capital.