No let-up, more foggy days ahead
The intense cold wave continues in the entire northern region, including Haryana and Punjab with temperatures hovering close to the freezing point at many places.india Updated: Dec 26, 2011 00:52 IST
The intense cold wave continues in the entire northern region, including Haryana and Punjab with temperatures hovering close to the freezing point at many places.
According to Met department here, the north-westerly wind is expected to change its direction in a couple of days, causing dense fog in and around the city.
Residents can have a sigh of relief during day time when the temperature is likely to increase, but nights will be colder as compared to the past weekends.
"Since, N-Westerly pattern brings cold wave, in a day or two this pattern will change. But that will bring more foggy atmosphere and nights will be colder, which may cause day-long fog with less sunlight," said a met official, adding that Gurgaon and Delhi will have more or less common weather condition.
Met officials said that the temperature on Monday morning is expected to be around 4.5 degrees Celsius, a little warmer compare to Saturday and Sunday, when the city as well as Delhi witnessed the lowest temperature recorded in December during the last five years.
Hisar in Haryana and Amritsar in Punjab recorded minimum temperatures of 0 degrees Celsius and 0.6 deg C respectively, the Met department said.
Narnaul recorded a bone-chilling low of 0.5 deg C, down by five degrees, while the minimum at Ambala settled at 3 deg C, down by four notches.
Biting cold winds also swept Chandigarh, where the overnight temperature settled at 2.8 deg C, down by three notches.
Patiala and Ludhiana in Punjab also reeled under severe cold conditions, recording identical minimums of 2.9 deg C each. Delhiites woke up to the coldest Christmas in five years on Sunday as the mercury plunged to the season's lowest of 2.9 degrees celsius.
Sunday's minimum was five degrees below normal. The minimum temperature on Saturday stood at 3.3 deg C. The MeT had said the winter chill is here to stay for at least the next few days and predicted a further fall in minimum temperature. In December last year, the minimum had come down to 5.2 degrees Celsius on the 22nd of the month.