NEW DELHI: Saturday noticed Delhi’s coldest December evening in six years, and Met officers say Sunday may break an older document. With the mercury already all the way down to 2.Four°C on the Safdarjung observatory, only a whisker separates it from the two.Three-degree mark set on December 11, 1996.

Whereas Safdarjung is Delhi’s official record-keeper, decrease temperatures had been recorded at three different centres on Saturday evening. Mungeshpur in northwest Delhi was the coldest at 1.Four levels and even Lodhi Highway recorded 1.7 levels.

It’s nonetheless a great distance from Delhi’s all-time December low of zero levels, recorded in 1930, however a document spell of chilly and severely chilly days has left the town frozen stiff.

Extreme chilly or chilly day situations have prevailed over Delhi and NCR since December 14, beating the 13-day run recorded in 1997,” a Met official mentioned, including that Saturday additionally witnessed a “chilly wave” because the minimal temperature fell under Four°C, and Sunday may be colder.

Not simply nights, Delhi’s days have additionally been punishingly chilly for the previous fortnight. On Saturday, Safdarjung recorded a most of 13.Three levels, 7 under regular.

The Met workplace considers it a “extreme chilly” day when the minimal temperature falls under 10°C and the utmost is not less than 6.Four levels under regular. It’s a “chilly day” if the day temperature is not less than Four.Four levels under regular.

A chilly wave warning is issued when the minimal is not less than Four.Four levels under regular or breaches the Four-degree mark. Saturday additionally noticed “very dense” fog at Palam that decreased visibility to zero within the morning, and Safdarjung had “dense fog” with visibility all the way down to 100 metres. Two flights had been cancelled, six had been diverted and 400-500 had been delayed.

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An airport official mentioned pilots within the morning hours operated below CAT-IIIB situations, which means the runway visible vary was 50-175 metres. This December is on track to be the NCR’s second-coldest since 1901. The imply most temperature (MMT) until December 28 has been 19.2°Celsius.

The bottom MMT of 17.Three levels was recorded in 1997. On Thursday, the Met had issued an orange alert — chilly day or extreme chilly day situations, and dense evening and morning fog — for Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and West UP until December 29.

It has forecast a primarily clear sky on Sunday, with dense to very dense fog within the morning. Extreme chilly day and chilly wave to extreme chilly wave situations are anticipated at most locations whereas the utmost and minimal temperatures might be round 14 and a pair of°C, respectively.

Related situations are anticipated on Monday. The climate is anticipated to vary from Tuesday night below the affect of an approaching western disturbance and easterly winds. Gentle rain is anticipated from late evening on December 31 to January 2, and hailstorms are additionally anticipated on January 1 and a pair of.