Delhi to ring in a chilly New Year; cold wave conditions may return
A cold day is when the minimum temperature is less than or equal to 10 degrees Celsius below normal and the maximum temperature is at least 4.5 degrees below normal.
Published: 30th December 2022 08:51 AM | Last Updated: 30th December 2022 08:51 AM | A+A A-
NEW DELHI: Cold wave and cold day conditions are predicted to wallop parts of Delhi on New Year’s eve and the winter chill would intensify further in early January, the IMD has said.Cold conditions have abated in north India, including Delhi, for now under the influence of a western disturbance, characterised by warm moist winds from the Middle East.
However, the minimum temperature will start dropping again from December 31, meteorologists said.The mercury will drop to 6 degrees Celsius on Saturday and further to 4 degrees Celsius by Monday (January 2). Dense fog and cold wave conditions are predicted from January 1 to 4, the IMD forecast said.
Thursday, the Safdarjung observatory, Delhi’s primary weather station, recorded a minimum temperature of 7 degrees Celsius against 6.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, 5.6 degrees on Tuesday and 5 degrees on Monday.
The maximum temperature settled at 23.7 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal.Fourteen trains to Delhi were delayed due to dense to very dense fog in other areas, a Railways spokesperson said.Weather experts said frigid north-westerly winds and reduced sunshine due to foggy weather had caused the spell of cold wave and below-normal day temperatures in northwest India. A western disturbance led to a fresh spell of snowfall in the mountains on December 25-26 and cold northwesterly winds swept through the plains after its retreat.
A similar phenomenon involving a fresh WD will lead to intense chill in early January, the IMD forecast said. A cold day is when the minimum temperature is less than or equal to 10 degrees Celsius below normal and the maximum temperature is at least 4.5 degrees below normal.