Cold wave in Delhi; Mumbai temperature dips to season's lowest
On Friday, cold wave conditions prevailed in Delhi as the minimum temperature settled at four degree Celsius, five notches below normal. Meanwhile, Mumbai woke up to a chilly morning with the Santacruz weather station recording the season's lowest minimum temperature of 14.8 degree Celsius, the Indian Meteorological Department said. Earlier, Mumbai recorded the season's lowest minimum temperature of 15 degree Celsius last month.
Third cold wave day in Delhi this week
The IMD said that this is the third cold wave day in Delhi this week. "No relief is predicted on Saturday, too," it added. "The minimum temperature on Tuesday and Thursday had settled at 2.1 degree Celsius and 3.8 degree Celsius, respectively, due to the cold and dry northwesterly winds barreling through the plains," the IMD said.
When does IMD declare cold wave and severe cold wave?
In the plains, the IMD declares a cold wave if the minimum temperature dips to four degree Celsius. A severe cold wave is when the minimum is two degree Celsius or less.
Delhi recorded the lowest temperature this month on Sunday
Delhi had recorded a cold day on Sunday with the maximum temperature dropping to 15 degree Celsius, six notches below normal and the lowest this month, according to IMD. On New Year's Day, the city had recorded a minimum temperature of 1.1 degree Celsius, the lowest for the month in 15 years.
No change in temperature for next 24 hours in Mumbai
An IMD official said, "The Santacruz observatory recorded the minimum temperature of 14.8 degree Celsius on Friday morning, making it the season's lowest so far." "The northerly winds have pushed the mercury levels down. There will be no large change in the temperature for the next 24 hours, but a gradual rise in it is expected in the coming days," he added.