Delhi witnessed its coldest day in February on Thursday in four years. Minimum temperature recorded in the wee hours, plummeted to 5.5 degrees celsius, four degrees below normal. However, earlier recorded temperatures in February suggest that Delhi experienced the chilliest weather in 1982 when the mercury dropped to 1.6 degrees celsius. Last time temperatures in February dropped below five was on February 10, 2014 when temperature was recorded at 4.6 degrees celsius. The maximum temperature recorded on Thursday was 24.1 degrees celsius which is usual at this time of the year. Reason behind the rapid decline in temperature can be attributed to clear skies and clearing of the clouds that saw a drop of six degrees as minimum temperature till Tuesday was around 12 degrees.
Temperature in the capital is likely to rise in the next few days, but will fall again as Meteorological Department (MeT) has predicted rain on February 12. According to All India Weather Warning Bulletin thunderstorm accompanied by hailstorm is likely to descend over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and West Uttar Pradesh. Heavy rain and fresh snow is expected in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and higher parts of Uttarakhand. Once the snow melts, north-westerly winds would carry the cold wind back and temperature could drop again. But that could be Delhi’s last encounter with winter this year, as the temperature would start shooting up again after a day or two. Delhi experienced its warmest summer as rain occurred only on two occasions – December 11 and January 23.
On Friday, Delhiites woke up to a cold morning with the minimum temperature settling at 6.1 degrees celsius, three notches below the season’s average. An official of the MeT department said there will be clear skies throughout the day though. The skies will remain clear receiving maximum sunlight and the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 23 degrees Celsius.