More chill ahead: Forecasters say Delhi temperature to fall below 5°C on Sunday

Published on Dec 18, 2021 01:10 PM IST

Delhi witnessed this season's chilliest morning on Saturday, recording a minimum temperature of six degrees Celsius. The temperature is likely to rise up to 20 degrees Celsius in the day.

Delhi records minimum temperature at 6 degrees Celcius, season's chilliest morning (HT_PRINT)
Delhi records minimum temperature at 6 degrees Celcius, season's chilliest morning (HT_PRINT)
By | Written by Kanishka Singharia | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi

National capital Delhi witnessed a cold morning on Saturday, recording a minimum temperature of six degrees Celsius. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the maximum is likely to be 20 degrees Celsius.

This is the lowest temperature so far this season, according to IMD.  There is also a possibility of shallow fog, the weather department said.

According to IMD data, a minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius was recorded in Delhi (in Ridge and Ayanagar areas) while Safdarjung (which provides representative data for Delhi) recorded a minimum of 6 degrees Celsius.

The IMD had earlier issued a warning about a frosty weekend in Delhi. “The temperature over the weekend is likely to fall slightly to around 5-6°C. The trend of dipping temperature was seen across many states in north India, and similar recordings are likely over the weekend,” a senior Met official said on Friday.

Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change), Skymet Weather Services, said this drop in temperatures in Delhi was because of the cold winds blowing from the northern side of the country. On December 21-22, temperatures could increase slightly under the impact of a western disturbance, he added.

"Over the weekend, some parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) could also see the temperatures dropping to around 4 degrees Celsius,” said Palawat.

Meanwhile, the national capital's average air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 280 at 8 am on Saturday, which falls under the ‘poor category’. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.

A dip in temperature is witnessed across north India - on Friday, Narnaul in Haryana recorded a low of 3 degrees Celsius, the temperature in Punjab's Amritsar was 0.7 degrees Celsius, and Churu in Rajasthan shivered at -1.1 degrees, as per IMD.

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