Minimum temperature at 6-year high
NEW DELHI: While a white Christmas may be a distant dream for Delhiites, even the usual chill may be missing this time. At 12.8 degrees Celsius (five degrees above normal), the minimum temperature recorded on Sunday was the highest that Delhi has witnessed in the past six years. It was five degrees more than the recorded minimum on the same day last year. Christmas eve will be equally warm, predicts the Met department.
The maximum temperature was recorded at 23 degrees Celsius (normal). This was three degrees below the maximum recorded on Saturday. Maximum humidity was 60%. A western disturbance, say Met department officials, is responsible for the rise in temperature. "It has led to the formation of cloud cover. The effects will last till Monday at least and may linger even longer," said an official.
The highest minimum temperature on December 23 in the past six years, before Sunday’s high, was in 2003 when it went up to 11 degrees Celsius. The maximum in this period was 25 degrees Celsius, in 2002 and 2005. The coldest December 23 in the past six years was in 2003, when the maximum temperature fell to 16 degrees Celsius.
While the morning remained comparatively warm, the evening becomes chilly again due to the strong breeze. Making the most of the warm Sunday afternoon, people thronged places like India Gate and zoo. In fact, many parents took the opportunity to visit historical monuments as well. ‘‘Winter is the best time to go sight-seeing in Delhi but the biting chill also makes it very uncomfortable. However, Sunday morning was extremely pleasant. My children and I visited Red Fort and Old Fort. We topped it off with lunch at Chandni Chowk - paranthas,’’ said Aradhna Joshi, a housewife.
According to the Met department’s forecast, Monday will also remain partly cloudy and the minimum temperature might go up even further to settle around 14 degrees Celsius. Visibility is likely to fall to about 200 m by 5 am but is expected to improve gradually.