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Delhi temperature drops to 7.3 degrees, Friday was coldest day of the season

According to the MeT department,Thursday’s maximum temperature of 19 degree Celsius was the lowest recorded on December 14, in seven years since 2011. On Friday the minimum temperature is expected to drop to 8ºC.

delhi Updated: Dec 16, 2017 08:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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On Thursday, the maximum temperature was 19.1 degree Celsius while the minimum 11.2 degree Celsius. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Friday was the coldest day this year, with the mercury dipping to 7.3 degrees Celsius as strong winds coming from the snow-clad regions of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh cooled the capital.

“The night temperature dropped by four degrees from around 11.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday to 7.3 degrees Celsius on Friday. It would remain in the same range over the next 48 hours at least,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist with the RWFC.

At 19.5 degrees Celsius, the day temperature on Friday was also at least four degrees below the climatic normal.

The western disturbance that had triggered rain in Delhi on Monday night also triggered snowfall in northern states. The snow is now melting and the winds are bringing in that chill from north India. On Thursday, Delhi enjoyed its coldest December 14 in seven years.

“When the maximum temperature falls at least 4.4 degrees below the climatic normal we call it a cold day. Even though technically we cannot call it a cold day, as the departure from climatic normal was just around four degrees, but Delhiites got a feeling of cold day on Friday,” Srivastava added.

The strong winds also helped to flush out the pollutants and Delhi enjoyed comparatively cleaner air for the fourth consecutive day. Such cleaner air in the month of December was last witnessed in 2016.

First Published: Dec 15, 2017 10:53 IST