It’s close to freezing and there’s no respite in sight

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jan 05, 2013 02:18 IST
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    A girl sits on her luggage as she with her parents, unseen, waits for a train at a railway station in New Delhi. AP/Manish Swarup

  • Bonfire

    People sit around a bonfire to keep themselves warm in New Delhi's Mayur Vihar area. HT/Raj K Raj

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    People throng pavement stalls to buy warm clothes on a chilly winter day in New Delhi. UNI

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    A thick blanket of fog covers a NH-8 on a foggy morning near Delhi Gurgaon border. HT/Sanjeev Verma

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    Planes are parked at the IGI Airport on a foggy morning in New Delhi. HT/Sanjeev Verma

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    A passenger waits after her flight was delayed due to fog at IGI Airport in New Delhi. HT/Sanjeev Verma

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    A man and a child look at a board announcing flight arrivals and departures at IGI Airport in New Delhi. HT/Sanjeev Verma

  • Delhi Police

    Delhi Police constables sit at Jantar Mantar, the site where people are protesting for stricter anti-rape laws, in New Delhi. HT/Arijit Sen

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    An elderly man, wrapped in a shawl, walks on a cold morning in New Delhi. AP/Altaf Qadri

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    A boy keeps himself warm near burning trash on a cold morning in New Delhi. AP/Altaf Qadri

For all those who thought the worst was over, the mercury dipped to new lows. And going by the meteorological department forecast, there is one chilly weekend ahead of you.

On Friday, the minimum temperature touched a six-year low at 2.7°C, and according to the weatherman, the minimum temperature on Saturday is expected to be around 3°C.

The last time the Capital experienced anything close to this was on January 8, 2007, when it touched 2.6°C. However, the lowest ever temperature recorded in the city is -0.6°C way back on January 16, 1935.

If Delhi shivered on Friday, its NCR cousins chattered. In Gurgaon the minimum temperature touched 0.7°C, while Hindon and Faridabad recorded 0.6°C and 1.7°C respectively.

The maximum temperature, however, was warmer at 15.7°C, five degrees below normal but up from Wednesday’s record 9.8°C.

“Fog is expected in the morning but the sky will clear up by late morning,” a Met department official said.

The previous few days have witnessed low temperature coupled with winds blowing in from the hills. This has resulted in wind chill factor, a phenomenon caused by high-speed winds, which makes a person feel colder than it actually is on the ground.


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