Delhi braves season’s coldest day as mercury dips to 2 degrees Celsius

Twenty six trains are running late, eight have been rescheduled and seven cancelled


The maximum and minimum temperatures on Friday are likely to hover around 17 and 3 degrees Celsius, respectively. Photo: Hindustan Times
The maximum and minimum temperatures on Friday are likely to hover around 17 and 3 degrees Celsius, respectively. Photo: Hindustan Times

New Delhi: Delhiites on Thursday woke up to the coldest day of the season with the mercury plummeting to 2 degrees Celsius in parts of the national capital. The Safdarjung Observatory, reading of which is considered the official one for the city, recorded a low of 3.4 degrees Celsius, a India Meteorological Department (MeT) official said. Lodhi Road recorded a minimum of 2 degrees Celsius, the official said.

On Wednesday, it had posted a low of 2.3 degrees Celsius. Chilly winds continued to make inclement weather more difficult for people, even as poor visibility in the morning affected rail services.

Flight services, however, were not affected as such. “Twenty six trains are running late, eight have been rescheduled and seven cancelled,” a senior railway official said.

The visibility was recorded at 800 mt in the morning at Safdarjung observatory while Palam recorded 500 mt, he said. The maximum temperature settled at 17.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average at Safdarjung.

Among other weather stations, Palam saw a high and low of 17.7 and 4.4 degrees Celsius, Aya Nagar 17.4 and 4.9 degrees Celsius, while Ridge recorded a maximum of 17.9 and a minimum of 5.5 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity level oscillated between 54 and 100%.

The weatherman has forecast a clear sky with shallow/ moderate fog in the morning. “The maximum and minimum temperatures on Friday are likely to hover around 17 and 3 degrees Celsius, respectively,” the weatherman said.

On Wednesday, the maximum and minimum temperatures at Safdarjung were recorded at 17.2 and 4 degrees Celsius.

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