1. Delhi experiences the coldest day of winter, with a maximum temperature of 13.4°C, six degrees below normal.
2. Minimum temperature drops to 7.1°C on Wednesday morning, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
3. A “yellow alert” was issued for Delhi on Wednesday, with a maximum temperature expected to be around 16°C.
New Delhi, Jan 10: Delhi faced its coldest day of the winter season on Tuesday, with the maximum temperature plummeting to a two-year low of 13.4°C, six degrees below normal, according to the Met Office.
The minimum temperature on Wednesday morning was recorded at 7.1°C, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
A “yellow alert” was issued for the national capital on Wednesday, with the maximum temperature expected to be around 16°C.
The western disturbance influenced parts of the northern plains, bringing drizzle to isolated locations in the city. Delhi’s air quality remained “very poor” with a reading of 343.
In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, temperatures dropped even lower, with Kanpur and Agra experiencing minimum temperatures of 1.1 and 1.0°C, respectively. Night shelters in Delhi, designed to provide refuge for the homeless, were at full capacity due to the severe cold.
These shelters offer blankets, beds, hot water, and food for those in need. A caretaker from a night shelter in Delhi’s Anand Vihar mentioned that a rescue team had been deployed to bring people on roadsides to these shelters.
The IMD forecasted dense fog conditions in the morning for Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, and other regions from January 10 to 14.
Cold wave conditions were also expected to persist in parts of Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. Ground frost conditions were predicted in Uttarakhand from January 10 to 12, with no significant temperature changes anticipated in the next 48 hours.
The Met Office also highlighted the likelihood of light to moderate rainfall in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, and Lakshadweep islands over the next three days.
This was attributed to a cyclonic circulation over the Southeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea, with a trough extending from this system to south Gujarat at lower tropospheric levels.