Winter season continues in North India including Delhi. They recorded the minimum temperature at 4.2 degrees Celsius on Friday morning. Delhi has had a such cold for the second time in 118 years in December. Earlier in December 1901 and 1997, the average temperature was 17.3 degrees Celsius, while in December 2019, the average temperature so far has been 19.85.
On Friday, Delhi’s temperature was 13.4, 7 degrees below normal. It was 9.8 degrees below normal at the Palam center. According to the Meteorological Department, between 1901 and 2019 i.e. 118 years so far, in 4 years – 1919, 1929, 1961 and 1997, the average maximum temperature of December was recorded below 20 degrees.
DELHI’S WINTER IN FIGURES
Second coldest December in 118 years since 1997, averaging 17.3 degrees.
Safdarjung recorded an average temperature of 12.2 degrees on December 18 and 11.6 degrees on December 25 in Palam.
Winter day and severe cold day: Continued in Delhi-NCR from 14 December and likely to continue till 29 December.
After 1997, after 22 years, they recorded 10 cold days in December, including seven grueling days.
From December 14, it recorded 13 consecutive cold days at Delhi’s Palam Weather Center, including 8 horrific cold days.
Earlier, Safdarjung recorded 9 cold days in 2003 and 2014, while in 1997, it recorded 17 cold days.
DECEMBER AVERAGE MERCURY LIKELY TO BE 30 BELOW NORMAL
Director-General of Meteorological Department told for the first time in 22 years since 1997, Delhi has had such a cold. Delhi’s average maximum temperature in December is 23 degrees, while in December 1997 they recorded it at 17 degrees. The average maximum temperature for the first 26 days of December this year is 20 degrees and the average temperature is likely to be 3 degrees below normal.
FOG AFFECTED TRAIN SERVICE, AIR QUALITY DETERIORATED
They have also affected train services because of dense fog in North India including Delhi-NCR. 21 trains are running late. Delhi’s air quality on Thursday was in the category of very poor. The Air Quality Index was down one point to 349 points as of Wednesday. We expect wind speeds to be 6 on Friday and 4 km per hour on Saturday. We estimate the direction to remain North West. Because of low wind speed, air quality is likely to deteriorate. AQI can go beyond 400 in some areas of Delhi.