With Temp Dipping to 1.5 Deg, Delhi Colder Than Most Hill Stations; Orange Alert Issued for Sunday

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Last Updated: January 07, 2023, 23:06 IST

Cold wave is likely to prevail in the city till weekend. (AP)

Cold wave is probably going to prevail within the metropolis until weekend. (AP)

Delhi’s minimal temperature plummeted at 2.2 levels; IMD has issued an “orange” alert for Sunday; AQI to stay ‘very poor.’

With persistent fog and dipping temperatures, chilly wave situations proceed within the nationwide capital, as elements of Delhi witnessed a bone-chilling 1.5 levels Celsius on Saturday.

In the final 24 hours, Delhi’s minimal temperature plummeted at 2.2 levels, which was lower than most locations of the hilly Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in addition to some increased altitude locations in Jammu and Kashmir.

A dense fog continued to float within the capital  highway, rail and air site visitors motion was severely affected.

Due to the continuing situations, The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an “orange” alert — warning of dense fog and cold wave — in Delhi, and certain parts of North India on Sunday.

Take a look at the dipping temperatures

A severe cold wave brought the minimum temperature down to a numbing 1.5 degrees Celsius at the Ridge weather station in central Delhi.

Lodhi Road and Ayanagar climate stations recorded the mercury dipping to 2 levels and three.Four levels respectively.

At several places in Delhi, the maximum temperature was at least 7 notches below normal.

A woman and her daughter warm themselves by a fire on a roadside pavement, on a cold winter morning in New Delhi, India, December 28, 2022. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis 

Delhi was colder than Chamba (5.8 degrees), Dalhousie (8.3 degrees), Dharamshala (9.2 degrees), Shimla (7.8 degrees), Hamirpur (3.9 degrees), Manali (4 degrees), Kangra (5.6 degrees), Solan (3 degrees), Dehradun (6 degrees), Mussoorie (8.1 degrees) and Nainital (5.8 degrees), IMD said.

Dense fog conditions

Very dense fog lowered visibility to 25 metres at the Palam observatory, near the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in the wee hours of the morning.

Foggy conditions delayed at least 36 trains by hours, a Northern Railway spokesperson said, PTI reported.

According to a senior IMD official, there will be some relief from cold weather from January 7.

The weather conditions continue to strain power grids and pose challenges to the homeless and animals.

In an advisory, the weatherman said frostbite can occur due to a prolonged exposure to cold and that one should not ignore shivering and should stay indoors.

AQI to remain ‘very poor’

On Saturday, Delhi’s AQI hit ‘Sever’ category at 5 pm, hence bringing in the GRAP stage 3 pollution control measures.

Due to the measures, the pollution was brought down to the ‘very poor’ category and will remain in the same category for the next three to four days, IMD Scientist VK Soni said, ANI reported.

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