The India Meteorological Department has issued a red-coded warning for Delhi for Sunday as the minimum temperature recorded in Lodhi Road area was 2.8 degree Celsius. A red-coded warning is given for extreme weather events.
The cold wave, IMD said, is expected to continue till the New Year. Delhi recorded its lowest minimum temperature in over two decades on Saturday, according to Hindustan Times.
The Safdarjung Observatory recorded the minimum temperature at 2.4 degree Celsius on Saturday morning. The same temperature was recorded on December 30, 2013, according to PTI.
The IMD’s bulletin for Sunday said cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are very likely in many pockets over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, in some pockets over Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, in isolated pockets over Madhya Pradesh.
Rains are very likely over the northern plains from New Year’s eve till January 2-3. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, chief of IMD, told The Times of India that there will be some cloud cover over Delhi during this period which will raise night temperature and keep the days chilly. Fog is likely after the rains, and it is also expected to keep maximum temperatures below normal, he added.
This will likely be the second-coldest December since 1901 for Delhi, according to the weather department. The national capital has already seen 14 consecutive “cold days” at a stretch between December 14 and 27, according to The Indian Express. A cold day is when the maximum temperature is at least 4.5 notches below normal, according to the IMD.
(With PTI inputs)