Warmer days ahead for Delhi, temperature to touch 26ºC on Tuesday
Delhiites woke up to a pleasantly cold weather on Tuesday morning. The minimum temperature recorded was 9.8 degree Celsius which was a notch above normal for this time of the year.delhi Updated: Jan 30, 2018 11:17 IST
The winter chill is likely to fade over the next few days, as the mercury level — both at night and during the day — is expected to rise.
“The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to shoot up over the next few days. The wintery feeling could fade at least for the next few days,” said a scientist with the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC).
Delhiites woke up to a pleasantly cold weather on Tuesday morning. The minimum temperature recorded was 9.8 degree Celsius which was a notch above normal for this time of the year.
“By Wednesday, the maximum temperature could touch 26 degrees Celsius during the day, while the minimum could rise up to 11 degrees at night,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist of the RWFC.
MeT officials attributed this change to an approaching Western disturbance. The approaching disturbance, however, won’t trigger any rain in Delhi unlike its predecessor; it would hit Jammu and Kashmir.
The last one had triggered light rain in Delhi on January 23. The day temperature dropped by more than five degrees and the chill had returned.
Usually, Delhi receives at least two to three such Western disturbances in January and around three to four in January. These trigger rain in Delhi and snow in the mountains. The chill sets in once there is rain and snow.
But this time winter has been unusually warm with just one such Western disturbance each in December and January.
On Monday, the National Capital was engulfed by a dense fog and visibility at Palam had come down to around 50 metres. Three flights were diverted and 101 were delayed because of the fog and other operational issues.
“The wind speed has, however, picked up and it is going to get stronger. The relative humidity is also falling. These two changes will help to keep the fog at bay over the next two to three days,” said a senior scientist.
Usually Delhi gets around 16 or 17 days of fog in January. The number of foggy days goes down drastically after that and, in February, Delhi gets around six to seven days of fog.
The strong winds and low relative humidity have also kept pollution levels under control. The AQI value was 307. On a scale of 0-500, an AQI value between 301 and 400 is considered as ‘very poor’.