The minimum temperature in Delhi dropped to 1.4 degrees Celsius early on Monday, as another cold wave spell sets in over Northwest India.
This is also the sixth day that Delhi has recorded cold wave conditions this month, when the minimum temperature has been 4 degree Celsius or less.
The minimum temperature of 1.4 degrees is six degrees below normal for this time of the year and the second lowest minimum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung weather observatory in January in a decade.
It marks a ‘severe’ cold wave day for Delhi since the minimum temperature is less than 2 degree Celsius. The last time a lower minimum temperature was recorded at Safdarjung was 1.1 degree Celsius in January 2021.
According to the India Meteorological Department, the mercury will continue to settle at 3 degrees Celsius today and tomorrow in Delhi-NCR.
The Indian Meteorological Department further said the cold wave will persist till Wednesday as Delhi’s minimum temperatures were likely to hover around the 2°C mark at Safdarjung.
The IMD declares a cold wave in the region when the minimum temperature is 4.5°C or more below the normal, or when it drops to 4°C. Safdarjung (1.4°C), Lodhi road (1.6°C), Ridge (2°C) and Ayanagar (2.8°C) met the criteria on Monday.
Meanwhile, over North India, cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are very likely over many parts of Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi till January 17 and thereafter in isolated pockets on January 18.