The temperature in Delhi was recorded below normal for the third straight day on Saturday making it officially a Cold Wave situation.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.5°C on Saturday morning in Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
The minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 8.5 degree Celsius on Saturday morning, below normal for the third straight day.
Saturday’s temperature is just a notch higher than 7.5 degree Celsius recorded on Friday in Delhi which was the coldest November morning in 14 years.
This is the third day when the minimum temperature is below 10°C. Hence, it is officially a Cold Wave situation as the temperature is also almost 5°C below normal.
When is a cold wave declared?
For the plains, the IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) 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, reported PTI.
Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre had said that this criteria was met on Friday. ” We will declare a cold wave in Delhi if the situation persists on Saturday,” he had told PTI.
The IMD had earlier said the minimum temperature in Delhi will drop to 9 degrees Celsius by Saturday, as cold winds have started blowing from hilly regions, which have witnessed a fresh bout of snowfall.
The minimum temperature this month, barring November 16, has remained 2-3 degree Celsius below normal in the absence of a cloud cover, according to IMD officials. The all-time record for the lowest minimum temperature in November is 3.9 degrees Celsius recorded on November 28, 1938, reported PTI.
Mahesh Palawat, an expert at Skymet Weather, a private forecasting agency, told PTI that cold winds blowing from snow-laden western Himalayas have led to a dip in the mercury and a similar situation will continue till Saturday.
Delhi had recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 11.5 degrees Celsius last year, 10.5 degrees Celsius in 2018 and 7.6 degrees Celsius in 2017 in the month of November.
(With inputs from PTI)