The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a minimum of 3.5 degrees Celsius as against 3.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
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.
Farmers continued to hold sit-in protest at Delhi-UP Border against Centre's farm laws amid heavy rainfall and cold waves. "We are staying on streets in such harsh weather conditions away from our family. We are hopeful that the government will accept our demands tomorrow (January 04)," a protestor said. Watch now. (Text: ANI)Farmers stay put in Delhi winter chill, rain; stir enters day 39
Temperature dips across Delhi, Rajasthan; in several areas, below the freezing point. Times Now's Heena Gambhir with the latest updates.Temperature dips across Delhi, Rajasthan below freezing point
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.
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 maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to settle at 37 and 22 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Rain lashed parts of the national capital on August 19. India Meteorological Department has predicted, 'generally cloudy sky with heavy rain' for Delhi today. Current temperature of Delhi is 28 degree Celsius.Watch: Rain lashes parts of Delhi, temperature dips to 28 degree Celsius
The peak demand crossed the 6,000 MW-mark the previous night for the first time this season and reached 6,193 MW at 10:43 PM, discom officials said. It was 6,214 MW at 3.27 PM on Friday, they said.
BSES Delhi discoms, BSES Rajdhani Power (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) said they met the peak power demand of 2720 mw and 1341 mwrespectively. Last year, Delhi’s peak power demand had clocked 7409 mw. In BRPL’s area it was 3211 mw and in BYPL1686 mw.
Dense fog across north India disrupted flight and train operations in the region, also impacting air and rail services elsewhere in the country.
It was a cloudy morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling a notch above the season's average at 16.4 degrees Celsius, the meteorological department said.
The MeT attributed the cold conditions to cyclonic circulation that lies over Iran & neighborhood between 3.1 and 5.8 km above mean sea level. Gradual fall in minimum temperatures by 2-3°C is expected most likely over east India during next 2-3 days.
Heavy fog engulfed parts of the city with the minimum temperature settling at a notch below normal. Five flights diverted as the captain was not trained to land under CAT conditions. The Agartala-Anand Vihar Terminus Rajdhani Express was delayed by over one hour while the Varanasi-New Delhi Kashi Vishwanath Express was delayed by over three hours.
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.
Delhi had recorded season's coldest day on Saturday with minimum temperature dropping to 2.4 degrees Celsius. Dense fog enveloped the city reducing visibility to less than 500 metres. "The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.30 am at Safdarjang Observatory at 3.4 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal," a MeT official said.
Met officials said the mean maximum temperature (MMT) — the average of each day’s maximum — so far this month is 19.5 degrees Celsius. The month is on course to end with an MMT of around 19 degrees C. If that happens, it would be the second lowest MMT recorded in December since 1901, after 17.3 degrees C recorded in 1997.
Delhi's air quality showed a deteriorating trend from Monday and is presently in the "very poor" category.
Strong winds, accompanied by dust, lashed the city. This comes after the deadly storm on May 13-14 claimed over 80 lives across five states in the country.
According to the World Health Organisation, about 88 per cent of premature deaths in low- and middle-income countries in Asia can be attributed to air pollution.
Monsoon rains helped the air quality improve to satisfactory level for the first time in nearly a year.
There was a dip in the air quality level on Tuesday due to dust storms in western India, particularly Rajasthan, which increased coarser particles in the air, the Central Pollution Control Board said.
The MeT department has warned earlier today that 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh is likely to witness the harsh change in weather.
“There have been 29 diversions as strong winds impacted operations between 1746 hrs to 1923 hrs,” said a Delhi airport source.
Officials said,"the minimum temperature recorded at the other stations was -- Palam (10 degrees Celsius), Ayanagar (8.5), Lodhi Road (8.3) and Ridge (8.8)."
The Met reports that with this development, not only wintry chill will make a comeback but pollution levels are also expected to spike.
"The minimum temperature was recorded at 6.8 degrees at 8.30 AM. The humidity was 93 per cent," a MeT official said. The visibility was 1,000 metres.
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