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Delhi registers coldest day of season

The temperature in the national capital today dipped to 5 degrees Celsius, the lowest of the season so far.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2006 13:40 IST

The temperature in the national capital on Friday dipped to 5 degrees Celsius, the lowest of the season so far, with residents warming up with extra woollens.

"It's the coldest day of Delhi and the temperature may dip further," said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). He said there was a sharp fall of 4.5 degrees as compared to Thursday.

"Snowfall in the Jammu and Kashmir valley and Himachal Pradesh are affecting the weather conditions in Delhi but there is nothing unusual in the meteorological condition," the official added.

Officials, however, said that December 2005 was much chillier than this year. While Friday was the coldest day of the season at 5 degrees Celsius, Delhi had recorded a minimum of 3 degrees in December 2005.

There was a continuous increase in the minimum temperature since Monday though few spells of light rain on Tuesday brought down the day temperature by a couple of degrees below normal.

While Monday recorded a minimum of 6.9 degrees Celsius, it was 7.4 on Tuesday and 9.9 on Wednesday and 9.5 degrees on Thursday. However, the maximum temperature hovered around 19 degrees on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Authorities have also predicted that Delhi would witness clear skies till Saturday noon. "The wind flow over the capital's sky is keeping fog at bay and the sky will remain clear for the next 24 hours."

"It was too cold this morning and I decided not to take my regular morning walk. The wind was chillier this morning as compared to the last few days," said Ankur Yadav, a resident of Mayur Vihar in east Delhi.

"I have asked my kids not to move out without wearing socks, gloves, caps and sweaters. Though the weather is quite nice, we must take extra care," added Yadav.

There were no disruptions in the flight and train schedules, much to the relief of passengers.

On Wednesday, 17 flights - both domestic and international - were cancelled and over 30 diverted to other destinations due to dense fog. Thousands of passengers were stranded for hours as many flights got delayed.