Cold wave grips Delhi, mercury dips to 3.2 degree Celsius
A cold wave gripped Delhi on Wednesday morning and brought the minimum temperature down to 3.2 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Cold wave conditions prevailed at the Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city. It recorded a minimum of 3.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below the normal, said Kuldeep Srivastava, the regional forecasting centre head of the IMD.
Cold and dry northerly/northwesterly winds from the western Himalayas have been barrelling through the plains, bringing down the minimum temperature in north India. Similar conditions will prevail in the city over the next two days, Srivastava said.
"Dense" fog lowered visibility to 50 metres at Palam and 200 metres at Safdarjung, the IMD said.
According to the IMD, a "very dense" fog is when the visibility is between 0 and 50 metres. In case of a "dense" fog, the visibility is between 51 and 200 metres, "moderate" 201 and 500 metres, and "shallow" 501 and 1,000 metres.
Delhi had been registering above-normal minimum temperatures till Monday, as a cloud cover persisted over the city under the influence of successive Western Disturbances (WDs). However, the temperature started dropping with the commencement of cold northwesterly winds after the withdrawal of the latest WD.
(With inputs from PTI)
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