Delhi shivers at 9.4 degrees Celsius, is coldest December day in 119 years

Updated on Dec 30, 2019 05:49 PM IST

Delhi on Sunday registered its 16th successive “severe cold day”, the longest spell of such weather conditions in December in the past 22 years.

N Commuters move amid dense fog on a cold morning, at Modi Mill flyover, in New Delhi on Monday, December 30, 2019(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
N Commuters move amid dense fog on a cold morning, at Modi Mill flyover, in New Delhi on Monday, December 30, 2019(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Delhi experienced its coldest day in 119 years on Monday for the month of December, with the maximum temperature being at just 9.4 degrees Celsius, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The India Meteorological Department has records of temperatures since 1901.

Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the regional weather forecasting centre, said the day temperature was almost half of what is considered normal for this day of the year.

The IMD also said that the lowest maximum temperature so far has been recorded on December 28, 1997, when the mercury had plunged to 11.3 degree Celsius, the IMD said.

Earlier, experts had said that Delhi is witnessing more chill than hilly areas. “Delhi is facing cold weather for the past few weeks. The cold is more severe than the hilly areas. The mean temperatures are lower here because of fog and no sunshine. Because of the cold weather, there is a rise of 15-20 per cent in the number of patients in OPD,” AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Monday.

On Saturday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a ‘red’ warning for the national capital as cold wave conditions continued unabated in the region. The red colour denotes extreme weather conditions.

A thick blanket to fog is accompanying severe cold which has led to disruptions in air and rail traffic. As many as 500 flights were delayed and 21 were diverted from Delhi airport and 30 trains are running late due to low visibility in the Northern Railway region, news agency ANI reported.

Delhi on Sunday registered its 16th successive “severe cold day”, the longest spell of such weather conditions in December in the past 22 years, according to IMD. The minimum temperature was at 2 degrees Celsius.

From December 31 onwards, rain is likely in the capital city and its adjoining areas such as Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Faridabad.

This weather phenomenon is likely to continue till January 3, predicted the weather forecast agency.

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