Clear sky fails to bring respite from cold
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Last Updated: Monday, December 26, 2011, 20:13
New Delhi: Delhiites were greeted today by a clear sky but hardly had any respite from cold with the mercury staying well below normal despite a marginal rise in temperature.

Though the minimum temperature rose from yesterday's 2.9 degrees Celsius to 3.4 deg C, it was still five degrees below the normal temperature for this time of the season. The maximum was recorded at 20.3 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal, the MeT office said.

The Weatherman forecast further drop in temperature, saying it was likely to touch the 2 degrees Celsius mark tomorrow. The maximum would be around 21 degrees Celsius, Met office said.

The city will witness a shallow fog or mist in the morning and a clear sky later in the day, the Weatherman said. There was shallow fog at the airport today, but it didn't affect flight operations at the IGI airport here. Though, 59 flights were delayed, none due to the weather in Delhi. While two were delayed due to poor weather at the destination, 57 others due to operational reasons, an airport official said.

Eight flights remained cancelled today, one due to inclement weather at destination and seven others due to operational reasons, he said, adding 42 planes operated using CAT-I instrument landing system. According to Met, the visibility at the airport may dip to 500 metres between 6 PM and 11.30 PM and it may reduce to 200 metres in fog from 2.30 am.

In December last year, the minimum had come down to 5.2 deg C on the 22nd of the month. In the past decade, the lowest minimum for the month was recorded on December 12, 2005 when the mercury recorded 3.3 deg C while the highest maximum was 28.4 deg C on December 15, 2003.

The record for the lowest minimum for the month of December is 1.1 deg C recorded on the 26th of the month in 1945 and the highest maximum was 29.3 deg C on third of the month in 1987.


First Published: Monday, December 26, 2011, 20:13

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