Delhi's minimum temperature dips to 7.8 degrees Celsius; mercury likely to drop further in coming days, says IMD
Delhi has registered above-normal minimum temperatures since 3 January, as a cloud cover persisted over the city under the influence of successive Western Disturbances
New Delhi: Delhi's minimum temperature dipped to 7.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday, as cold winds from snow-clad Western Himalayas swept through the plains, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
The mercury is likely to drop to five to six degrees Celsius by 14 January, an IMD official said.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a minimum temperature of 7.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal.
Delhi has registered above-normal minimum temperatures since 3 January, as a cloud cover persisted over the city under the influence of successive Western Disturbances.
The city's minimum had settled at 10.8 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal, on Saturday, 9.6 degrees Celsius on Friday and 14.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday, the highest in January in four years, according to IMD.
The cloud cover over the national capital has prevented a steep decline in the minimum temperature so far, the IMD official said.
Clouds trap some of the outgoing infrared radiation and radiate it back downward, warming the ground.
However, the minimum temperature has started declining with the commencement of northwesterly winds from snow-capped mountains towards the plains starting Saturday, the official said
According to the IMD, today there are chances of rain with snowfall in the mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Ladakh, Jammu-Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rain in many areas of South India along with snowfall in the hilly areas today. There are chances of increasing winter cold in the plains of the country
With 13.9 degrees Celsius on Monday, Bengaluru recorded its lowest temperature in a decade in the month of November. Mumbai and Pune also witnessed chilly mornings as the mercury plunged due to the entry of northerly winds in Maharashtra