The city remained in the grip of unseasonably warm temperatures that raised the mercury to this month's hottest day at 26.6 degree Celsius, which was five degrees higher than normal.
The heat began to rise early in the morning as the minimum temperature, recorded at daybreak, touched 10.5 degree Celsius, a couple of degree higher than normal.
According to the Met department, the cold day conditions that ruled Delhi’s weather for most part of January, is not likely to return anytime soon.
In the past five years, January has seen a similar warm day only once in 2007.
“The warm weather is due to the southerly winds blowing in the city right now. A set of rain bearing system is approaching the hill states of Jammu and Kashmir. The warming is an effect of that,” said the duty officer at Safdarjung Met office.
The Met has predicted a partly cloudy sky and some thundershowers in the next two days. The menace of fog, too, has somewhat abated.
The Palam (airport) observatory of the Met department predicted shallow fog early morning.
“Visibility might reduce to 300 meters early morning, but that is not bad enough for disruption of airport operations,” said a Met official.
“It started to feel quite stuffy the moment we stepped out,” said Subhash Seth, a Gulmohar Park resident. “The air was warm. The chill was missing.”
The past few days has seen the mercury rising steadily. Thursday’s maximum temperature was almost three degree more than Wednesday’s.
The temperatures might start dipping Saturday onwards.