New Delhi: At a time when coronavirus cases are increasing in Delhi, a cold wave gripped the capital as the minimum temperature dropped to 6.3 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal and the lowest in the month of November since 2003, according to the India Meteorological Department.
On Sunday, the national capital had recorded a minimum of 6.9 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 24.2 degrees Celsius, the lowest day time temperature so far this month.
Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre, said, “the Safdarjung Observatory which provides representative data for the city, recorded a minimum of 6.3 degrees Celsius, which is Delhi’s lowest minimum temperature in the month since November 2003, when the city recorded a minimum of 6.1 degrees Celsius.”
The mercury dropped to 6.4 degrees Celsius at the Lodhi Road weather station, he added.
For the plains, the IMD 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. “However, for small areas such as Delhi, a cold wave can be declared if the criteria is fulfilled even for a day,” Srivastava added.