The first day of the New Year began on a sunny and pleasant note but soon turned into a cloudy and rainy one. Sunday saw bright sunshine in the morning, clouds and chilly winds in the afternoon and rainfall in the evening. This rainfall was the first this winter. December and half of November were both deprived of rain, making the winters exceptionally dry.
While the minimum temperature was recorded one degree above average at 8.4 degrees, the maximum temperature was 19.5 degrees, one degree below average. The humidity oscillated between 93 and 75%.
“The rain was a result of the low temperature and the moisture in the air due to Thane cyclone over Tamil Nadu. Most parts of northern India received rainfall on Sunday, including large parts of UP and Himachal,” said a MeT official.
According to the India Meteorological Department, there will be shallow fog on Monday morning but the sky will remain clear during the day. “The city may not see just shallow fog in the morning as the overnight cloud cover may raise temperatures,” the official added.
On Monday, the maximum and minimum and temperatures are likely to hover around 20 and 9 degrees respectively.
“While the day started with sunshine but ended in rainfall. I was at Ashram flyover at night when it started to rain. The weather got quite chilly after that,” said Akanksha Mehta, a resident of Sarita Vihar. Though the MeT department is not expecting fog on Monday, it may make a comeback on Tuesday if the humidity remains high.
“For now, the fog forecast depends upon the weather conditions on Monday. If winds start blowing, fog will not be able to form,” the official said.
Delhiites hoped for clearer weather ahead. “The New Year should not be gloomy. I hope the sun comes out,” Nivedita Khanna, a resident of Vikaspuri.