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Icy winds sweep Delhi, 'cold wave' predicted for two days, says IMD

Icy winds sweep Delhi, cold wave predicted for two days, says IMD

New Delhi: The national Capital recorded a minimum temperature of 5.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday as cold winds continued to sweep across the city. The India Meteorological Department has predicted

both "cold day" and "cold wave" in parts of Delhi on Thursday and Friday.

The minimum temperature was three notches below normal. The maximum temperature settled at 18.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, it said.

The visibility dropped to 100 metres in the Palam area in the morning due to "dense fog", it said. According to the IMD, "very dense" fog is when visibility is between 0 and 50 metres, 51 and 200 is dense , 201 and 500 moderate , and 501 and 1,000 shallow.

The IMD had declared a cold wave in Delhi on Tuesday as icy winds blowing from snow-covered western Himalayas brought the minimum temperature down to 4.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest in the city this season so far. The maximum temperature had also dipped to 18.5 degrees Celsius, more than four notches below normal.

According to the IMD, the minimum temperatures is likely to remain around five degrees Celsius till Friday.

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD's regional forecasting centre, said the Western Himalayas recorded widespread snowfall due to strong western disturbances and now frosty winds have been blowing towards the plains, bringing the mercury down.

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