The city witnessed icy winds on Sunday afternoon as the maximum temperature plummeted to 18.2 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal.
The temperature will fall further and the winds are expected to continue throughout the week, officials of the Met Department said.
The minimum temperature on Sunday was 9 degrees Celsius while the winds blew at the speed of 16 kilometres per hour. The weatherman has predicted a misty morning on Monday with the temperature oscillating between 19 degrees and 8 degrees Celsius.
The sky is expected to be clear but strong winds will blow throughout the day. “In the coming week, the recorded temperature will not be very low but the wind chill will make it feel colder. This is what happened the week before last,” said an official from the Met Department.
The city had seen unusually warm days during the last four days because the western disturbance brought warm and dry easterly winds into the city. From Monday, the wind direction will change and the cold northerly winds from the Himalayas, where it has snowed recently, will make the city cold again.
“Sunday’s weather was a little disappointing as I was hoping the warm weather would continue. The cold strong winds blew that hope away,” said Ritesh Tewari, a resident of Safdarjung Enclave, who had come to Dilli Haat on Sunday.
The city recorded the lowest maximum temperature last Sunday when the day-time temperature fell to 11 degrees, which was the lowest recorded temperature in the last 42 years.
“We were able to sit in the sun during the past four days as there was no wind but Sunday was much colder. Though it was a bright sunny day, we could not sit in the open,” said Paramjeet Singh, 71, a resident of Malviya Nagar.