MIN­I­MUM TEMP DROPS TO 8°C IN DELHI, LOW­EST OF THE SEA­SON

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NEW DELHI: Delhi ex­pe­ri­enced the cold­est morn­ing of the sea­son with the mer­cury plum­met­ing to 8 de­grees Cel­sius on Mon­day. Scientists at the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD) have also warned that colder days are in store through next week, with the fore­cast of min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture likely to touch 7 de­grees Cel­sius by Fri­day.

The air qual­ity in the na­tional cap­i­tal also strayed fur­ther into the “poor” cat­e­gory on Mon­day. The air qual­ity in­dex (AQI) of the city was recorded 279, as against the 250 recorded on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB) data. Ghazi­abad (325), Greater Noida (298), Farid­abad (248) and Noida (275) also recorded an in­crease in pol­lu­tion lev­els.

“The winds will get slower over the week and there will be shal­low to dense fog in the morn­ing hours,” said Kuldeep Sri­vas­tava, head of IMD’S re­gional weather fore­cast­ing cen­tre.

NEW DELHI: Delhi ex­pe­ri­enced the cold­est morn­ing of the sea­son with the mer­cury plum­met­ing to 8 de­gree Cel­sius on Mon­day. Scientists at the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD) warned of colder days through next week, with the fore­cast of min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture likely to touch 7 de­gree Cel­sius by Fri­day.

Air qual­ity in the na­tional cap­i­tal, mean­while, strayed fur­ther into the “poor” cat­e­gory on Mon­day. The over­all air qual­ity in­dex (AQI) of the city was recorded at 279 as against the 250 recorded on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB) data.

The sub­urbs of Ghazi­abad (325), Greater Noida (298), Farid­abad (248) and Noida (275) also recorded a rise in pol­lu­tion lev­els.

Scientists at IMD said as the mer­cury dropped to the sea­son’s low­est, the colder and denser air trapped pol­lu­tion par­ti­cles closer to the ground. The max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture was recorded 23.3 de­gree Cel­sius on Mon­day, two de­grees be­low the sea­son’s nor­mal, while the min­i­mum was 8 de­gree Cel­sius, a notch be­low nor­mal.

“The winds will get slower over the week and there will be shal­low to dense fog in the morn­ing hours. In the morn­ing, the wind speed is likely to re­main be­tween 4 to 6 kmph and even as the day pro­gresses, the wind speed will not be more than 8 kmph,” said Kuldeep Sri­vas­tava, head of IMD’S re­gional weather fore­cast­ing cen­tre.

Sri­vas­tava said as the week pro­gresses, the min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture will dip to reach nearly 7 de­gree Cel­sius.

An­other IMD sci­en­tist, who did not wish to be named, said that in the next two days, the AQI is ex­pected to os­cil­late around the lower end of the ‘very poor’ zone.

“There is a chance of cloudy skies on De­cem­ber 5. The air qual­ity by this time will be in the ‘very poor’ zone,” he said.

The Sys­tem of Air Qual­ity and Weather Fore­cast­ing and Re­search, min­istry of earth sci­ence’s weather and air qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing cen­tre, fore­cast also shows AQI will plunge to the lower end of the “very poor” cat­e­gory on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day.

SANCHIT KHANNA/HT PHOTO

The mer­cury may dip to 7 de­grees by Fri­day.

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