New Delhi (NVI): On the new year day, minimum temperature in Delhi dropped to 2.4 degrees Celsius from 4.2 degree Celsius recorded yesterday, bringing further chill in the weather in the national capital.
The minimum temperature of 2.4 degree Celsius is five degrees below normal, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The maximum temperature today is expected to be around 16.0 degree Celsius, it said.
The weatherman stated that there could be slight increase in temperatures over the next few days, as cold north-westerly winds are slowly getting replaced by easterlies, due to a change in the wind direction. But the conditions will still remain very cold.
“Not just Delhi, but neighbouring Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, and Faridabad are also facing severe cold conditions,” IMD stated.
‘Cold day’ conditions are declared when the day’s maximum temperature is below normal by more than 4.4°C. A ‘severe cold day’ is when mercury remains more than 6.4°C below normal through the day.
Meanwhile, the air quality in national capital worsened today, sliding into “severe” category from “very poor” category.
According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR),the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital stood at 462 which falls in the “severe” category.
The worst affected areas are Dhirpur, Delhi University, Chandni Chowk, Pusa, Lodhi Road, Mathura Road, IGI Terminal 3 and the neighbouring Noida.