Foggy, chilly morning for Delhiites



New Delhi: Fog returned to the capital Tuesday along with the winter chill as the mercury dropped overnight after two days of clear and sunny skies that gave relief to the cold-stricken people.

It was a foggy night in Delhi with the visibility falling below 50 metres at one point and the people woke up to a chilly morning with icy winds.

The capital also recorded a rainfall of 0.5 mm during the night.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 9.3 degrees Celsius, which is two degrees above normal for this time of the season but down from yesterday's 10.5 degrees.

The maximum temperature yesterday was recorded at 20.3 degrees Celsius.

Rains had lashed the city over the past two days and were attributed to a western disturbance.

The mercury was on an upward swing in the past couple of days after icy winds kept the temperature at below normal levels for several days.

The Met department has predicted a downward trend for the mercury for the next two days when the minimum is likely to fall as low as 5 degrees.

Tomorrow, the temperature is expected to be between six and 18 degrees Celsius, with fog.

Last month saw the minimum temperature come down to 2.9 degrees Celsius on Christmas morning, the lowest of the season so far.

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 C.

PTI