Delhi under severe cold wave spell, temperature dips to 2 degrees Celsius


New Delhi: The national capital, Delhi, reels under severe cold wave as minimum temperature dips to 2 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said visibility levels dropped to 100 metres at Palam and 201 metres at Safdarjung owing to “dense” to “moderate” fog in the morning.

The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a minimum of 2 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal, as against 3.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

The weather stations at Lodhi Road and Ridge recorded a minimum of 2.4 and 3.6 degrees Celsius, respectively.

The IMD declares a “cold wave” if the minimum temperature dips to 4 degrees Celsius. A severe “cold wave” is when the minimum is 2 degrees Celsius or less.

The capital city had recorded a minimum of 1.1 degrees Celsius on January 1, the lowest for the month in 15 years.

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