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Delhi shivers at 1.5°C colder than Nainital, Manali, Shimla; ‘Orange’ alert for Today

Due to the melting cold wave, the minimum temperature at the Ridge Meteorological Center in central Delhi fell by 1.5 degrees Celsius. Only a few places in Rajasthan, including Banasthali (1.7°C), Sikar (1°C), Pilani (0.6°C) and Churu (0°C), recorded much lower minimum temperatures than the average.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

New Delhi: There was an outbreak of melting cold wave in the entire north India including Delhi on Saturday and the minimum temperature was recorded at 1.5 degree Celsius in many parts of the capital. The Safdarjung observatory, Delhi’s primary weather station, recorded a minimum temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius, which is lower than most places in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and some tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Due to the melting cold wave, the minimum temperature at the Ridge Meteorological Center in central Delhi fell by 1.5 degrees Celsius. Only a few places in Rajasthan, including Banasthali (1.7°C), Sikar (1°C), Pilani (0.6°C) and Churu (0°C), recorded much lower minimum temperatures than the average.

Lodhi Road and Ayanagar weather stations recorded minimum temperature of two degrees Celsius and 3.4 degrees respectively. A dense blanket of fog enveloped northwest India and central and eastern parts of the country, affecting road, rail and air traffic.

36 trains running late from one hour to seven hours
Dense fog reduced visibility to 25 meters at the Palam Observatory near the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport. A Northern Railway spokesperson said 36 trains were running late by one hour to seven hours due to foggy conditions.

According to the Met Office, when the visibility is between zero and 50 metres, there is ‘very dense’ fog. At the same time, ‘dense’ fog occurs when visibility is between 51 and 200 metres, ‘moderate’ between 201 and 500 metres, and ‘light’ when visibility is between 501 and 1,000 metres.

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The minimum temperature in Delhi is less than these places
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature in Delhi was higher than Chamba (5.8 degrees), Dalhousie (8.3 degrees), Dharamshala (9.2 degrees), Shimla (7.8 degrees), Hamirpur (3.9 degrees), Manali (4 degrees) Be cool degrees), Kangra (5.6 degrees), Solan (3 degrees), Dehradun (6 degrees), Mussoorie (8.1 degrees) and Nainital (5.8 degrees).

The maximum temperature at many places in the capital was recorded seven degrees below normal, making Saturday a cold day.

‘Orange’ alert issued for some parts
IMD has warned of impact on agriculture, livestock, water supply, transport and power sector in some places. The Meteorological Department has issued an advisory advising people to eat fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C and drink plenty of warm liquids to maintain adequate immunity. Apart from this, it has been advised to avoid outdoor activities.

The Meteorological Department has issued an ‘orange’ alert for parts of north India including Delhi for Sunday, warning that dense fog, cold and cold wave conditions will continue.

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