At 2.4 Degrees, Delhi In For Second Coldest December in over 100 years

 At 2.4 Degrees, Delhi In For Second Coldest December in over 100 years

EC News Desk

New Delhi, December 28, 2019: Gripped by bone-chilling cold, Delhi this morning recorded a minimum temperature of 2.4 degrees, the lowest for the season so far. The national capital - under a cold spell since December 14 - is expected to witness its second-coldest December since 1901, according to the weather office.

Mercury dipped to its lowest in Delhi with the Safdarjung Observatory - whose figures are taken as the official reading for the city - recording 2.4 degrees Celsius this morning. Among other observatories, the one at Palam recorded 3.1 degrees Celsius, the Lodhi Road observatory recorded 1.7 degrees Celsius, Aya Nagar observatory recorded 1.9 degrees Celsius, news agency PTI reported quoting a senior India Meteorological Department official. 

Dense fog reduced visibility in parts of Delhi, disrupting rail, road and air traffic. Four flights have been diverted till now at Delhi airport due to low visibility and 24 trains are running late.

Since December 14, most parts in the city have witnessed a 13-day cold spell. On Friday, the minimum temperature settled at 4.2 degrees, three notches below normal. The maximum temperature was recorded at 12.9 degrees. 

A thick layer of fog wrapped the city in the morning reducing the visibility to less than 150 metres. Spine-chilling cold and dense for reduced the visibility to zero near Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) today morning. Several flights have been delayed from the Delhi Airport. Four flights have been diverted to nearby airports due to very poor visibility, said an airport official.

With chilling cold continuing to sweep Delhi-NCR, the region is expected to record its second-coldest December since 1901, the weather department had said on Thursday.

IMD scientists said air quality may deteriorate from December 28-29 due to an increase in fog cover and reduced wind speed. The national capital is likely to experience cold wave and severe cold day conditions till December 29, predicted the weather department.