New Delhi: Normal life has been badly hit by severe cold wave conditions in several parts of North India including national capital. In Delhi, the mercury fell to 4.7 degrees Celsius at the Safdarjung Observatory, city’s primary weather station. A cold wave saw the minimum temperature drop to 2.6 degrees Celsius at Jafarpur, 3.8 degrees Celsius at Lodhi Road, 3 degrees Celsius at Ayanagar, and 3.2 degrees Celsius at Ridge in the national capital.
Many parts of northwest and southeast Rajasthan recorded a minimum temperature in the range of 1 to 3 degrees Celsius. Parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and southwest Uttar Pradesh recorded their minimum temperature in the range of 3 to 5 degrees Celsius.
At minus 4.7 degrees Celsius, Fatehpur in Sikar district of Rajasthan recorded the lowest minimum temperature over the plains of northwest India. Churu, located near the Thar desert, recorded the season's lowest minimum temperature of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius.
Punjab's Faridkot shivered at minus one degree Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a minimum of 1.6 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana, Patiala, Pathankot, Bathinda and Gurdaspur experienced cold weather conditions at 4.9, 4.2, 8, 1 and 3.7 degrees Celsius respectively. Chandigarh recorded 6.7 degrees Celsius.
IMD has predicted that the minimum temperatures are likely to further drop by about 2 degrees Celsius over many parts of northwest and central India till January 17-18 and cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are very likely over many parts of Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana, and Delhi during this period.
Minimum Temperatures and Visibility recorded at 0830 hours:
Min. Temp.: 2.4°C
24-hr Tendency: 1.0°C
Visibility: 2000 m
Min. Temp.: 4.8°C
24-hr Tendency: -0.5°C
Visibility: 500 m