NEW DELHI: Just a week after the mercury dipped to 1.1 degrees Celsius on the first day of the year, the city recorded its highest minimum temperature in the last four years at 14.4 degrees Celsius. This was seven notches above normal, according to Met department.
Before this, the highest minimum temperature in the month was on January 26, 2017, at 16 degrees Celsius. Met officials said the minimum temperature is likely to remain above normal till January 13. There is a possibility of very light rain on Friday. The maximum temperature recorded on Thursday was 19.9 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal.
Kuldeep Srivastava, IMD scientist and head of the regional weather forecasting centre, said, “As a western disturbance has passed, a layer of cloud has formed over Delhi-NCR and hence, the minimum temperature is not falling.”
Met officials said there are chances of very light rain on Friday evening or night. The city has reported 56.5mm rainfall this month, while the normal average rain in January is 21.7mm rainfall. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 19 and 12 degrees Celsius, respectively, on Friday, shows the forecast. Moderate to dense fog in the morning is also predicted.
According to IMD, dense fog occurrences over central and eastern parts of Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) region was sub-duded during December, 2020, while at its extreme western parts that is over Punjab areas, it was higher and more frequently observed. “Daily data shows that dense to very dense fog occurred at a few places to most places over Punjab during December 16-31 last year and at isolated places during December 13-15; at isolated to few places over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi on December 13, 16, 22, 24, 25, 30 and 31,” said RK Jenamani, scientist at IMD.
Meanwhile, the air quality was in ‘poor’ category with an AQI reading of 255 on Thursday. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research said, “AQI is likely to marginally improve in the ‘poor’ to ‘moderate’ category on January 9 and 10.”