New Delhi: Delhiites got the much-needed
relief from bone-chilling cold today as mercury rose five
degrees above normal aided by an approaching Western
The maximum rose to 25.6 degrees Celsius, five degrees
above normal and up from yesterday`s 22.6 degrees C.
The night temperature was also on an upward swing with
the minimum touching 9.5 degrees Celcius, two degrees above
normal and up from the previous day`s 6.7 degrees.
The Weatherman attributed the rise in temperature to an
appraoching Western Disturbance.
The national capital had been reeling under cold for
several days with icy winds keeping the mercury below normal
Contrary to the predictions of dense fog, Delhiites were
lucky enough to have a sunny beginning as the skies were clear
and devoid of fog. However, the day was partly cloudy.
The MeT department has predicted generally cloudy sky
tomorrow with possibility of rain or thundershowers in the
morning. The weather is likely to become partly cloudy towards
the afternoon or evening.
The maximum temperature would be around 21 degrees
Celcius, while the minimum would hover around 12 degrees
Celcius, the Weatherman said.
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.