Delhi cold for a sixth consecutive day, IMD says relief likely soon

Delhi cold for a sixth consecutive day, IMD says relief likely soon

Many Parts of Delhi recorded cold day conditions for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday. Overcast skies and low clouds swing over the city even as India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that the cold would likely decrease during the next 24 hours, followed by rain over Delhi and several towns in northwest India between January 21, 23.

On Tuesday, Delhi recorded a drop in the maximum temperature with Safdarjung, Delhi's base observatory, recorded a high of 15.4 degrees to four cuts below this time of the year. It was 16.1 degrees on Monday.

Jafarpur was Delhi's coldest location, with a maximum of 12.8 degrees. IMD said fog at the upper level of the atmosphere stretching across the entire northern plains is taking longer to disappear, and Delhi may record similar weather on Wednesday.

RK Jenamani, senior scientist, national weather forecasting center said 

"We are expecting cold day conditions over Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab to last for 24 hours, and then decreases gradually as the wind direction changes to northwestern and then to eastern. But cold day conditions will intensify over UP and Bihar, where it's been freezing. They are likely to have a colder day for another three days and dense fog. Due to the approaching western disturbance, there may be cloudy days from January 22 to 24 when low day temperatures may be recorded. This January, we have been seeing shallow maximum temperatures over a vast region," 

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The IMD grades it as a 'cold' day when the maximum temperature is 4.5 degrees or more below average, while the minimum is below 10 degrees Celsius. It is classified as a 'tough' cold day when the maximum is 6.5 degrees or more below average. At the same time, these criteria weren't met at the Safdarjung weather station. Recordings at Palam, Narela, and Jafarpur stations qualified to be classified as a cold day.

During these last six days, Safdarjung had recorded the lowest maximum of 14.8 degrees on Sunday -- the same day when the maximum dropped to 10.7 at Narela station.

Jenamani said.

"For Wednesday, the maximum is expected to be around 16 degrees at Safdarjung, making for another possibly cold day in parts of Delhi. Even on Thursday, the maximum will only be around 17 degrees and from Friday night, we can expect rain, which will help reduce the maximum temperature. Light showers are expected on Saturday, while Friday and Sunday may also witness a drizzle,"

IMD said cold day to severe cold day conditions prevailed in many parts of Uttar Pradesh. Some details over Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana in its national weather bulletin Chandigarh, Delhi, and cold day conditions were recorded in some parts of Punjab and isolated pockets over Bihar.

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