Thursday was Delhi’s coldest February day in 4 years, minimum temperature dropped to 5.5
The last time Delhi witnessed such a low night temperature in the month of February was on February 10, 2014 when the mercury touched 4.6 degrees Celsius.delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2018 23:42 IST
Thursday was Delhi’s coldest February day in four years with the minimum temperature, recorded just before sunrise, plummeting to 5.5 degrees Celsius.
The last time Delhi witnessed such a low night temperature in the month of February was on February 10, 2014 when the mercury touched 4.6 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperature ever recorded in February was in 1982 when the mercury dropped to 1.6 degrees.
“The minimum temperature dropped to 5.5 degrees Celsius, which was around four degrees below the climatic normal. The maximum temperature, however, stood at 23.1 degrees, which is normal during this time of the year,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist with the regional weather forecasting centre in New Delhi.
“A clear sky after two days of cloudiness paved the way for the mercury to fall drastically over the past two days. The minimum temperature, which was hovering around 11.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, dropped by more than six degrees in just 48 hours,” he added.
Officials of the regional weather forecasting centre (RWFC) in New Delhi said though the temperature would shoot up over the next few days, it was likely to drop again some time later next week because of rain in the plains and fresh snowfall in the hills.
“A western disturbance is approaching and it is expected to trigger a cyclonic circulation over Rajathan and its neighbouring areas. Together, these two systems would trigger light to moderate rainfall in Delhi-NCR. There would be fresh snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh,” he said.
Once the snow starts melting, north-westerly winds would bring the chill back and the mercury could drop again. But that could be Delhi’s last tryst with the winter chill this year, as the temperature would start shooting up again after a day or two.
The mercury could touch 11 degrees Celsius by Monday as moisture-laden winds from both the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea would start gushing in.
Delhi has hardly witnessed any rain this winter barring two days — December 11 and January 23. With hardly any rain, not a single ‘cold wave’ or ‘cold day’, and higher-than-normal average day temperature, Delhi is experiencing its warmest winter in the past decade.
Pollution levels have been relatively low as the wind has been strong over the past few days.
First Published: Feb 08, 2018 23:42 IST