Delhi sees the coldest day of the season at 3.4 ° C, it could be colder next week – Delhi News

The state capital recorded the coldest morning of the season on Sunday with a minimum temperature of 3.4 degrees Celsius. India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast said the temperature could rise slightly on Monday before falling again.

On Sunday, the minimum temperature measured at the Safdarjung Observatory, which is the official marker for Delhi, was 3.4 degrees Celsius, five notches below the normal value for the season. This was the lowest temperature this season. The maximum daytime temperature was 22.4 degrees Celsius.

Scientists said that due to a pretty good wind speed that cleared the fog and kept the sky clear, the daytime temperature rose. The Palam Observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 6 degrees Celsius, while the temperature at the Lodi Road Observatory dropped to 3.3 degrees Celsius.

On Saturday, the minimum temperature in Safdarjung was measured at 3.9 degrees Celsius.

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Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s regional weather forecast center, said the cold winds were coming from Jammu Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Ladakh to the state capital, which had kept the temperature low.

“Starting today (Sunday) evening, western disturbance will hit the hills and its impact on Delhi will increase the city’s minimum temperature by a degree or two on Monday,” said Srivastava.

However, that relief will only be temporary, he said.

“From Tuesday the minimum temperature will drop again. It’s also possible that it could drop to around 3 degrees Celsius, ”he added.

A thick fog cover in the early morning hours of Sunday also led to a deterioration in air quality, which slipped from the category “bad” to the category “very bad”. The data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) show that the overall air quality index (AQI) on Sunday was 321 and was classified as “very bad”. On Saturday the AQI 290 was in the “poor” zone.

The IMD has forecast that due to the western disturbance, although there will be no precipitation in Delhi or the surrounding area, it will lead to an increase in the moisture level. This in turn could lead to an increase in pollution this week.

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The Union Department of Geosciences Air Quality Monitoring Center, Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research System (Safar) said cold day conditions in the Delhi area could worsen and surface winds likely to slow.

“The currently better dispersion conditions will likely decrease. Therefore, the AQI is predicted to deteriorate further on December 21st to the middle end of a very poor category and on December 22nd to the upper end of the very poor category, before falling further on December 23rd, ”says the Safar analysis.