New Delhi:Delhiites woke up to another cold and gloomy morning as the mercury remained below normal level and a blanket of fog enveloped the city on Thursday.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 5.3 degree celsius, a degree more than yesterday’s low of 4.2 degrees but still two degrees below normal for this time of the year.
Fog added to the chill factor as there was no sign of the sun to bring respite for the people reeling under an intense cold wave. The city has been experiencing quite chilly days this week. Tuesday was the coldest with both minimum and maximum dropping to the season’s lowest of 3.7 degrees and 12.7 degrees, respectively.
Icy winds blowing across the city for the last several days have also added to the woes of Delhiites. At least three cold-related deaths have been reported since 26 December.
The Delhi government had ordered the closure of all schools in the capital till 10 January .
The maximum was 13 degree on Wednesday, 8 degrees below normal for this time of the season.
The weatherman has predicted no relief for tomorrow. Fog is expected in the morning while the minimum and the maximum may be around 5 and 14 degree celsius respectively.
“The cold conditions are likely to continue,” a MeT official said.
The record for the highest maximum for the month of January was 32.5 degree celsius recorded on the 28th of 2004 while the minimum is -0.6 degree celsius recorded on 16th of the month in 1935.
In 2006, the minimum dropped to 0.2 degrees on 8 January while two years later, the lowest minimum was 1.9 degrees on 2nd of the month.