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Delhi, on Monday, December 30, recorded the coldest December day in last 119 years since the year 1901 when record-keeping began.
The Safdarjung Observatory—which is considered to be the base station for Delhi—recorded a maximum temperature of 9.4°C today, which is a whopping 11.4°C below normal. Other monitoring stations also stuck to this cold trend, with observatories located at Palam, Lodi Road, and Delhi Ridge also recording chilling daytime temperatures of 10°C, 9.3°C, and 9.2°C respectively.
Until today, the lowest December day-time temperature recorded in Delhi dated back to December 28, 1997, when the capital experienced a cold day at 11.3°C.
In terms of monthly average maximum temperatures, however, December 2019 lags behind its counterpart of 1997. This year, the average monthly maximum temperature over Safdarjung till December 30 is 18.6゚C against the earlier record of 17.3゚C in December 1997, says IMD. The total number of cold days was also lesser in December 2019 with 14 cold day/severe cold days while December 1997 had 17 such days.
Earlier in the day, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) posted a series of tweets wherein it hinted at the potential 119-year-old record break, as Delhi's day-time temperatures continued its unusual cold trend.
"It may be noted that at the Safdarjung Observatory, in the last 118 years (since 1901) the lowest maximum day temperature recorded was 11.3 degrees Celsius on December 28, 1997. It may be broken today (Monday) in the next 3 hours," the IMD said in its tweet around 4:20 p.m.
As per the IMD, the temperature till 2.30 p.m. at Safdarjung was 9.4°C; 9°C at Palam, 7.8°C at Ayanagar, 8.4°C at Delhi Ridge, and 9.2°C at Lodi Road. On the other hand, the minimum temperatures recorded at Safdarjung was 2.6°C, while Palam and Lodhi Road shivered at 2.9°C and 2.2°C respectively.
During the early morning hours on Monday, the National Capital Region (NCR) was also enveloped in a thick blanket of fog, which reduced the visibility and affected the air traffic and vehicular movement around the area.
Dense fog and poor visibility have been causing flight delays and cancellations across north India over the past few days. In fact, the Delhi airport authority had earlier warned that flight departures might be impacted if the visibility declined below 125 metres. Till Monday afternoon as many as 530 flights were reportedly delayed, while 20 others were diverted and four were cancelled.
Meanwhile, the overall air quality index (AQI) across the capital on Monday remains at a 'severe'-level 433 on Monday evening, although an improvement is expected as we head towards 2020.
Temperatures extremes become a new norm in Delhi, like many other parts of the world, in recent years. In fact, only six months ago, on June 10, 2019, Delhi broke the rather undesirable record for the hottest day in June, recording a scorching maximum temperature of 48°C at the Palam monitoring station. The national capital's previous June high was 47.8°C, recorded on June 9, 2014.
(With inputs from IANS)
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