New Delhi: An icy breeze swept the capital
on Thursday bringing more chill to residents as the mercury stayed
below normal despite a marginal rise in temperature.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 5.3 degree
Celsius, two degrees below normal and up from yesterday`s 4.6
degrees. The maximum was recorded at 18.7, two degrees below
normal and up from yesterday`s 18.5 degrees.
Though there was marginal increase in night temperatures,
the wind chill factor added to the cold in the city.
A shallow fog was also witnessed in the morning.
The Weatherman has predicted similar weather conditions
for the next couple of days with temperature oscillating
between five and 20 degrees Celsius.
The city experienced the coldest day temperature last
Friday, when the maximum was recorded at 16.9 degrees Celsius.
Last month saw the minimum temperature come down to 2.9
degrees Celsius on Christmas morning, the lowest of the season
In the past 11 years, except for 2010, the month of
January has recorded the lowest minimum temperature at below
five degrees Celsius. The lowest in the past 11 years was on
January eight of 2006 when the mercury had dipped to 0.2 deg
The record lowest minimum for the month was recorded on
January 16, 1935 when mercury touched minus 0.6 degrees
Celsius while the record highest maximum was 32.5 degrees on
January 28, 2004.