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Severe winters continued to tighten its grip over northern India. The national capital remained shrouded in dense fog reducing the visibility in the morning of January 19. Delhiites shivered due to the cold waves blowing across the city. According to the India Meteorological Department, the national capital recorded temperature of 8.6 degrees Celsius in the morning. IMD had predicted that temperature in Northern plains will begin to rise during day and fall in the night. Delhiites shiver as temperature dips to 8.6 degrees Celsius
Delhi's minimum temperature dropped to 9.6 degrees Celsius on Friday, a day after it rose to 14.4 degrees Celsius, the highest in January in four years, according to the IMD.
Visibility levels dipped to 300 meters at Palam and 500 meters at Safdarjung due to "moderate" fog, an official of the IMD said.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said parts of South Delhi reported hailstorm around 7:30 am. More rain and hailstorms are predicted during the day, it said. Residents in neighbouring Gurgaon shared video clips of hailstorm there.
The people of Delhi and neighbouring areas woke up to heavy rainfall this morning along with thunderstorms.
Farmer leader Abhimanyu Kohar, who is a member of Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, said farmers have waterproof tents but they cannot protect them from biting cold and waterlogging.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier predicted "thunderstorms with light to moderate rainfall" over some parts of South Delhi viz Ayanagar, Deramandi, Tughalkabad, and some districts of Haryana.
The minimum temperature had increased slightly to 5.5 degrees Celsius on Monday under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) affecting the upper reaches of the Himalayas. The maximum temperature settled at 23.5 degrees Celsius, two notches more than normal.
On Saturday, the minimum temperature at the Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, had settled at 3.9 degrees Celsius.
According to the IMD, very dense fog is when visibility is between 0 and 50 metres, 51 and 200 is dense, 201 and 500 moderate, and 501 and 1,000 shallow.
For the plains, the IMD declares a cold wave when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and is 4.5 notches less than the normal for two consecutive days.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for Delhi, recorded fog that reduced visibility to 200 metres in the morning hours, the IMD said.
The mean minimum temperature for November was 9.6 degrees Celsius in 1938; nine degrees Celsius in 1931 and 8.9 degrees Celsius in 1930, according to IMD data. Normally, the mean minimum temperature for the month of November is 12.9 degrees Celsius.
For the plains, the IMD declares a cold wave when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and is 4.5 notches less than normal for two consecutive days.
January 1 was the coldest January day so far at 2.4 degrees in the last six years. Delhi broke the previous high of 5298 mw recorded on December 30, 2019. This is an increase of over 19% from the peak hour power demand of 4472 mw, recorded on January 1, 2019.
Tata Power Delhi Distribution said it met the record peak power demand of 1541 mw without any network constraint and power outage as Delhi also touched a record high of 5298 mw, highest till date. The previous highest demand of Delhi was 4800 mw and 1433 mw in January 2019.
According to State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC), Delhi, the peak power demand reached 5,343 MW at 11.11 AM on January 1 when the minimum temperature was 2.4 degrees Celsius, the lowest in the last six years.
Dense fog across north India disrupted flight and train operations in the region, also impacting air and rail services elsewhere in the country.
The maximum temperatures in both these hill towns over the weekend have been above 14 degrees Celsius. On both days, weather stations in the capital have registered lower temperature peaks.
Saturday's minimum, at 2.6 degrees, was four notches below normal and the maximum, at 20°C, a degree below normal.
The average maximum temperature in February was 2.7°C above normal. Day temperatures were exceeded normal temperatures on 24 of the 28 days in the month.
Urban heat island refers to the higher temperature seen in a city compared with adjacent rural areas because of intense concrete development and reduced green cover. Warmer temperatures help fog dissipate.
The Railways had to cancel 18 trains while 49 were delayed and 13 rescheduled due to fog in several parts of northern India.
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Bone chilling cold and icy winds left Delhiites shivering today with the maximum temperature plummeting to 9.8 deg C, the lowest in 44 years.
Discom Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL), that supplies electricity to consumers in north and northwest Delhi, has expected a peak demand of 1,700 MW this winter season, a company spokesperson said.
The government and the farm unions had reached some common ground on Wednesday to resolve the protesting farmers' concerns over rise in power tariff and penalties for stubble burning, but the two sides remained deadlocked over the main contentious issues of the repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee for MSP.
He said there should not be an impression that climate change leads to rise in the temperature, but on the contrary, it leads to erratic weather.
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Rabi planting is expected to continue till the month end. The government has set a rabi-season crop planting target of 638.37 lakh hectares.
The government expects crop planting to continue, with the weather remaining favourable and support prices for various crops being attractive.
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The maximum temperature settled at 27.1 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average, as sun shone brightly throughout the day.
The Centre and Delhi government were engaged in a blame game earlier this month when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserted that stubble burning in neighbouring states was the main cause of pollution in the national capital but Union Environment Minister Dave said Delhi was responsible for 80 per cent of its pollution.
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But whether the most crucial Cat III B certification — which lets aircraft land in dense fog — happens this winter or not remains to be seen.
According to MET department, rain gauges measured 1.4 mm of rains in the city. Similar weather conditions are expected to remain for the next three days.
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"Modi said that the budget session went on very well and was constructive and successful. We hope that the winter session will also be on the same lines," Naidu said.
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