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Winter chill: Snowfall in Himalayas has Delhi shivering

With cold winds blowing from the western Himalayan region, which has received fresh snowfall, the temperature has started dipping in the capital. The maximum temperature recorded on Monday was 17.5 degrees Celsius, three notches below the normal, at Safdarjung, which is the city’s base station. Met officials said “near cold day conditions” were recorded at isolated places. Minimum temperature recorded on Monday was 7 degrees Celsius and it is predicted to dip further in the next few days. The maximum temperature was recorded low at Palam at 15.8° Celsius and Jafarpur at 15.6° Celsius. The minimum temperature dropped to 6° Celsius at Jafarpur and 6.1° Celsius at Lodhi Road. Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at India Meteorological Department (IMD) and head, Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, said, “After the passage of western disturbance, the wind direction has shifted to north-westerly and cold winds are blowing from snow-capped mountains to Delhi. The absence of cloud cover makes the day warm while the heat quickly dissipates at night, which causes fall in minimum temperature.” According to IMD, the maximum temperature may hover around 18 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is predicted that minimum temperature may dip to six degrees Celsius on Tuesday and there are chances of shallow fog in the morning. However, the minimum temperature is likely to fall further to five degrees Celsius on January 14. Meanwhile, Delhi’s Air Quality Index recorded on Monday was 243 in ‘poor’ category. “Wind speed is expected to rise to 20-25 kmph during the day on Tuesday and would help in cleaning Delhi’s air,” said Srivastava. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research said, “AQI is likely to improve and may remain in ‘poor’ or ‘moderate’ range on Tuesday and Wednesday. Calm winds and extremely low ventilation condition are likely to affect air quality negatively after January 14.”

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