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Delhi Wakes up to Season’s Coldest Morning as Temperature Dips to 7°C; Air Quality Remains in Poor Category

India.com logo India.com 22-11-2020 team-news@corp.india.com (India.com News Desk)
© Ritu Singh | India.com News Desk New Delhi: Days after the national capital witnessed its coldest November morning in 14 years, the city recorded a minimum temperature of 7 degrees Celsius on Sunday, while the air quality remained in the "poor" category recording an AQI of 260. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe". Mahesh Palawat, an expert at Skymet Weather, a private forecasting agency, said cold winds blowing from snow-laden western Himalayas have led to a dip in the mercury. A fresh western disturbance is approaching northwest India on November 23. It is likely to increase the minimum temperature by a few notches, he said. Minimum temperatures dipped across parts of Rajasthan on Saturday with Churu being the coldest in the plains at 5.5 degrees Celsius. The night temperature in Mount Abu, the sole hill station in the state, was 1 degree Celsius. Sikar, Pilani, Ajmer, Ganganagar, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaipur recorded their respective minimums at 6.5 degrees Celsius, 7.9 degrees Celsius, 9.5 degrees Celsius, 10.3 degrees Celsius, 11 degrees Celsius, 11.4 degrees Celsius and 11.6 degrees Celsius respectively. The night temperature was 12 degrees Celsius in Jaisalmer and 12.7 degrees Celsius in Barmer, according to the meteorological department here. The maximum and minimum temperatures stayed below normal levels in Punjab and Haryana, with the weather department predicting dry weather in the two states for the next couple of days. Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, recorded a high of 22.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal. In Punjab, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum temperatures at 22.2 degrees Celsius, 21.8 degrees Celsius and 23.3 degrees Celsius respectively, up to five degrees below normal. In Haryana, Ambala recorded a high of 21.9 degrees Celsius, five notches below the normal, while Hisar's maximum was 23 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal. Narnaul's maximum was 26.2 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperatures too hovered between 1 to 4 degrees below the normal at most places in the two states. The weather was dry in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday and is likely to remain so for the next three days. Cold conditions continued in Himachal Pradesh with the meteorological department predicting rain and snowfall in the state in the next few days. Manali, Keylong and Kalpa shivered at sub-zero temperatures while Shimla recorded a low of 5.1 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in Manali of Kullu district was minus one degree Celsius. Tribal district Lahaul and Spiti's administrative centre Keylong was recorded the coldest place in Himachal Pradesh at minus 3.8 degrees Celsius. Kinnaur's Kalpa recorded a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature in Kufri and Dalhousie were 3.4 degrees Celsius and 3.7 degrees Celsius, respectively. Rain is likely in the mid hills and snowfall in high hills from November 22 to 25. Rainfall is also likely in isolated places of plains and low hills of the state on November 23.

(With PTI Inputs)

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