The national capital’s minimum temperature on Tuesday was lower than hill locations like Dharamshala and Nanital, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), which is reporting a severe cold wave in Delhi and its neighbouring states in north India. Data revealed that while the minimum temperature at Safdarjung in Delhi, the capital’s official weather station, dropped to 5.6 degrees Celsius, it was 6.8 degrees Celsius in Nainital and 7.2 degrees Celsius in Dharamsala.
The sharp drop in daytime temperatures, according to meteorological experts, may have been caused by north-westerly winds tearing through the plains, which caused dense fog to block out the sun. When the minimum temperature is at least 10 degrees Celsius below normal and the maximum temperature is at least 4.5 degrees below normal, the day is deemed cold. When the maximum is 6.5 degrees or more below average, it is considered a very cold day.
Flights not equipped for low visibility operations may be impacted as landings and takeoffs continue, Delhi airport authorities warned in an early morning statement. The government has recommended travellers to contact their service providers for the most recent updates to the flight itinerary. The IMD’s most recent bulletin stated that due to the current weak breeze and high moisture, cold to severe cold wave conditions would persist in Delhi for the remainder of the day and the following 24 hours, accompanied with dense to extremely dense fog.
By Bidisha Mohanty
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