Sunday chill for Delhi; max drops below 15 C

The maximum dropped to 14.6 degree Celsius, six degrees below normal for this period of time, while minimum was recorded at 7.8 degrees, one degree above normal.

New Delhi: A cool breeze blew across the national capital throughout the day on Sunday making it the coldest of the season so far with maximum plunging below 15 degree Celsius for the first time this winter.

Delhiites wrapped themselves in extra woolens to fight
the chilly weather as sun played hide and seek throughout the
day.

It was almost an overcast sky for the capital though
sun came out for sometime during noon hours but it did not
heat up Delhi as a cool breeze was blowing. Mist kept the sun
away from warming Delhiites during the morning hours.

The maximum dropped to 14.6 degree Celsius, six
degrees below normal for this period of time, while minimum
was recorded at 7.8 degrees, one degree above normal, the MeT Office said.

It was for the first time that the maximum temperature
slid below 15 degree mark this season. Yesterday, the maximum was at 16.7 degree Celsius while the minimum was 11 degrees.

The temperatures are expected to keep in the same
levels tomorrow with the weather officials forecasting a
minimum of six degrees Celsius and a maximum of 16. Last year, the month of January recorded the lowest minimum of 5.6 degrees Celsius in the first week of the year.

"Today was the coldest of the season so far. There
could be mist in the morning tomorrow and cold winds during
the day leading to chilly weather," a senior MeT official
said.

According to MeT statistics, the record for the
highest maximum for the month of January was 32.5 degree
Celsius recorded on the 28th of 2004. The record minimum is
-0.6 degree Celsius recorded on 16th of the month in 1935.

In the last decade, only last year that the minimum
did not drop below five degree Celsius. In 2006, the minimum
dropped to 0.2 degrees on January eight while two years later,
the lowest minimum was 1.9 degrees on 2nd of the month.

The mean minimum for the month of January is 7.3
degree Celsius while the mean maximum is 21.1 degrees.

PTI

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