New Delhi: Delhi recorded the season’s lowest temperature at 1.1 degrees Celsius on Friday, according to Regional Meteorological Centre. There was very dense fog in Palam with 0 visibility till 7am. After 7am, visibility improved to around 150 metres.
Many parts of the northwestern plains have recorded sub zero or near 0°C minimum temperatures in the last couple of days.
On Thursday for example, Hisar and Narnaul in Haryana recorded -1.2°C and 0.5°C respectively; Bhatinda and Ballowal in Punjab recorded 0°C and 0.2°C respectively; Sikar and Pilani in east Rajasthan also recorded 0°C and 0.2°C respectively while Churu in west Rajasthan recorded -1.3°C. Pantnagar in Uttarakhand, Una in Himachal Pradesh recorded 0.1°C and 0.5°C, respectively.
While many of these places do record 0°C during most winters, this year the cold is definitely severe, scientists said.
After December 12, western disturbances mostly affected the Western Himalayan region; under their influence, thee was significant snowfall and rainfall over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. “After the WD, cold northwesterly winds are blowing over Delhi NCR from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Uplifted fog cover over Punjab and Haryana is also making it colder. The effect of La Niña, a global meteorological phenomenon, also contributed to fall in temperatures over northwest India this year,” said Kuldeep Shrivastava, head, regional weather forecasting centre.