Delhi Gets It's 2nd Coldest December In 100 Years, As Cold Wave Sweeps Through North India
It seems that schools in Delhi might have to prolong their winter breaks as Delhi freezes for the 11th consecutive day. And according to the Met officials, December 2019 is going to be the capital city’s 2nd coldest in 100 years (so much for a hot cup of tea!)
The Met department said the mean maximum temperature (MMT) – the average temperature of each day’s maximum – so far this month is 19.5 degrees Celsius. And as the month slowly draws to an end, the MMT is going to be around 19 degrees C. If that turns out to be true, Delhites would bear witness to 2nd coldest December since 1901, after 17.3 degrees C was recorded in 1997.
To add to the woes of capital city residence, the cold winter breeze will keep blowing into the New Year eve. And if you are planning an outdoor party, you might wanna bring your umbrella because it’s going rain on 31st December and into 1st January 2020. Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s national weather forecasting centre said, “Light rain is possible on New year eve as a western disturbance will hit the region. It is likely to bring wet weather – rain and hail in the plains, and snow in the hills – till January 3.”
And if day-time temperatures were a worry, night temperatures are falling even further across North India. In Rajasthan’s Fatehpur, the temperature recorded was -3 degrees C and 0 degrees in Sikar (Who’s got a bottle of Old Monk?).
On Thursday, the Met department issued an orange alert for cold day/severe cold day conditions with dense night and morning fog in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and west Uttar Pradesh till December 29. The Met officials further added, “The city has already recorded the longest and the most extreme cold day spell in December since 1997, which had witnessed 17 cold days in a row.” The Met department registers a severely cold day when the maximum temperature is at least 6.4 degrees Celsius below normal. On the other hand, a cold day warning is issued when the day temperature is at least 4.4 degree Celsius below normal.
The capital city was enveloped in thick fog early morning with visibility of about 700 meters as residents woke up for early morning chores. 20 flights were reportedly delayed on Thursday due to foggy conditions.
There doesn’t seem to be any respite from the cold so brace yourself, people! For more chill posts, check out Befazool Manoranjan.