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Delhi offers no cold comfort

Delhi offers no cold comfort
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With mercury refusing to rise to double-digit mark, Wednesday proved to be the coldest day in the past 44 years in the national Capital. Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 9.8 degree Celsius, forcing people to either come out heavily clad or stay at home.

‘Wednesday was the coldest day in the last 44 years as the maximum temperature did not rise beyond 9.8 degree Celsius which was 11 notches below normal. It’s the lowest maximum temperature recorded after 1970,’ said M Duraisamy, Scientist Incharge for weather forecast at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Delhi. ‘The minimum temperature was, however, 4.8 degree Celsius which was two notches below normal but 0.8 degree Celsius higher than Tuesday’s 4 degrees, which was the season’s lowest,’ he added.

According to Duraisamy, the steep fall in maximum temperature was due to cold waves emanating from Himalayan states triggered by heavy snowfall due to western disturbance. In Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad, the maximum temperature did not rise beyond 8.9 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature was recorded at 4.7 degrees. In Delhi, Ayanagar remained coldest, recording maximum at 9.0 degree Celsius and minimum 4.7 degree Celsius.

The weather made life tough for people who found it difficult even to walk in afternoon hours as icy winds blew across the city. People wrapped themselves in thick winter clothing. The schools in Delhi and NCR has been closed for this week. Flight operations were also disrupted at the IGI airport as there was a drop in runway visibility to less than 25 metres. Dense fog disrupted the schedule of over 30 flights.

‘The cold wave will continue on Thursday but the maximum temperature will increase slightly and hover around 16 degree Celsius in the next seven days,’ said Duraisamy, predicting the maximum and minimum temperature for Thursday to hover around 13 and 4 degree Celsius respectively. He added that fog will continue but sky would be clear.

According to weathermen, the lowest maximum temperature in 2011 was recorded 11 degree Celsius on 10 January while lowest minimum was recorded to be 4 degree Celsius. The lowest minimum temperature in the recent past was in 2008 which was recorded as 3.0 degree Celsius while all time record for lowest temperature in Delhi was -0.6 degree Celsius recorded in 1935.
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