Residents of Delhi, be ready to embrace colder than usual winter this year, as October recorded the lowest temperature in 58 years! The coming months are expected to hit you with intense cold waves. By Tanvi Jain
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For the first time in the past 58 years, the capital city of Delhi has recorded coldest ever October, at a temperature of as low as 17.2-degree Celsius. According to the Indian Meteoritical Department (IMD), as reported by various media houses, “This year’s mean minimum temperature was the lowest since 1962 when it was 16.9-degrees Celsius.”
Whereas, the normal mean minimum temperature otherwise is generally 19.1-degrees Celsius in the month of October. As per reports, last week on October 29, the temperature had reduced to 12.5-degrees Celsius, lowest in 26 years.
The national capital had recorded 12.3-degree Celsius on October 31, 1994, and the lowest ever 9.4-degrees Celsius on October 31, 1937.
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“On Saturday, the maximum temperature was 30.8-degrees Celsius and the minimum 13-degrees Celsius. The normal minimum temperature is 15-16-degrees Celsius,” IMD was further quoted by the media.
“Similar weather conditions will continue at least for another seven to 10 days as no activity in the region is expected around this time. Some rains may occur in Jammu and Kashmir or Himachal Pradesh, but there is hardly any possibility of rains in Delhi and neighbouring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Absence of clouds will remain for the next seven days,” Head of IMD’s regional forecasting centre, Kuldeep Srivastava said.
“Clouds trap some of the outgoing infrared radiation and radiate it back downward, warming the ground. Another reason is calm winds, which allow the formation of mist and fog,” he further told PTI.
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As of November 2, afternoon, the temperature of Delhi was recorded at 30-degree Celsius, with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 370, hence putting it in the hazardous category in terms of air pollution levels.
Moreover, reports further suggest that this year’s winters might be chillier than earlier, with the next three months expected to witness intense cold waves. However, even in 2019 as well, Delhi had recorded the coldest winter season in the century, with the maximum temperature falling to below 10-degrees Celsius, in the last week of December—lowest since 1901.