CHILL CON­TIN­UES ACROSS CAP­I­TAL AS MER­CURY DIPS TO 16.6°C

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Del­hi­ites woke up to a cold morn­ing again on Satur­day as a thick haze hung over the city dur­ing the early hours of Satur­day. The day’s min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture dipped to 16.6 de­grees Cel­sius, breach­ing Fri­day’s record of low­est min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of 17.5 de­grees Cel­sius in over seven years for the first half of Oc­to­ber.

The sud­den dip in the mer­cury has been trig­gered by dry and cold north­west­erly winds, of­fi­cials from the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD) said. The wind di­rec­tion so far hav­ing a south­ern com­po­nent changed from Oc­to­ber 12 on­wards to north­west.

“The wind pat­tern changed to north-west­erly which cools off the nights faster. Also, a re­cent western dis­tur­bance over north­west In­dia caus­ing thun­der­show­ers and snow­fall over Jammu and Kash­mir and parts of Hi­machal Pradesh had a cool­ing ef­fect in the cap­i­tal caus­ing the sharp drop in the min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture re­sult­ing in a nip in the morn­ing,” said B P Ya­dav, IMD deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral.

Met of­fi­cial said the mer­cury in the Cap­i­tal gen­er­ally dips be­low 20 de­grees Cel­sius only to­wards the end of Oc­to­ber. In 2017, the city had recorded min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of 16.1 de­grees Cel­sius on Oc­to­ber 26.

Be­tween 2011 and 2017, the low­est min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture recorded be­tween Oc­to­ber 11 and 12 were 20 de­grees Cel­sisus, said IMD of­fi­cials.

The max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture recorded on Satur­day was at 31.2 de­grees Cel­sius, which was two notches be­low the sea­son’s av­er­age, while the min­i­mum was at 16.6 de­grees Cel­sius, three be­low the sea­son’s av­er­age.

The max­i­mum and min­i­mum tem­per­a­tures on Sun­day are likely to hover at 33 and 16 de­grees Cel­sius, re­spec­tively. Also, ac­cord­ing to MET of­fi­cials, skies will re­main clear along with mist in morn­ing.

IMD of­fi­cials said the tem­per­a­ture is ex­pected to be nearly the same over the next 48 hours.

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