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Amid dense fog, city records lowest temperature this season

NEW DELHI: Delhiites on the morning of the New Year witnessed dense fog for the second consecutive day with the minimum temperature settling at 5.7 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest minimum of the season.
However, the maximum temperature recorded was 23.9 degrees Celsius with a humidity of 100 percentage and nil rainfall, an official of the Meteorological Department (MeT) said.
According to MeT official, the national Capital will witness dense fog on Tuesday too and it would become moderate the next day.
On Sunday, the minimum temperature settled at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.
"Delhi woke up to the worst fog of the season. Most of the northwestern plains are in its grip. Day temperature will fall significantly," said Mahesh Palawat, vice-president at Skymet Weather, adding the minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees was "lowest minimum of the season".
"Now, due to dense fog, the day temperature is also not anticipated to rise much therefore, the maximums which were until now running above normal are also expected to fall 2-3 degrees Celsius below the normal," said an official.
He added that whenever dense fog persists for a longer duration, the winter chill is felt due to cold weather conditions.
Now also, the days will not be a bright sunny one as foggy weather and the winter chill is expected to prevail over Delhi and NCR in the coming days.
"The days will remain more on the colder side.
At present, successive Western Disturbances are also affecting the Western Himalayan region due to which light winds from southwest and southeast direction are blowing over the northern plains including Delhi and NCR leading to the formation of dense fog," said the official.
According to the MeT office after 48 hours, winds are likely to once again change the direction and minimums will fall further, anticipating to even reach close to five degrees or lesser in the coming days. Thus, January will bring back the lost winter chill of December.
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