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Delhi witnesses record ‘heat’ in middle of winter

Updated: January 24, 2023 1:59 pm

New Delhi: The weather has shown so many colours in January that even a chameleon should blush. It was not that cold in the beginning of the year. Then slowly the cold wave picked up and people started shivering in Delhi-NCR. Sporadic drizzle and strong winds further brought down the temperature. On January 16, Delhi’s base station Safdarjung recorded a minimum temperature of 1.4 degrees Celsius. The record of almost a decade was broken due to the severe cold. Then the sun started rising and the temperature kept rising. On Monday, the heat in January broke the record of four years. Safdarjung station recorded a maximum temperature of 25.9 degrees on January 23, which was 5 degrees above normal. Last year in January, the maximum temperature was 24 degrees. Four years ago, on January 21, 2019, Delhi’s mercury had touched 28.7 degrees Celsius. According to the Meteorological Department, light rain is expected in Delhi from Tuesday. During this time, the maximum temperature will be between 20 degrees and 24 degrees. The minimum temperature is expected to remain between 8 degree and 9 degree Celsius. After all, what is the reason for this cold-hot weather in Delhi?

Let’s understand the reason behind this. Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 5.5 degree Celsius on the first day of the year. There was some respite from the cold in the next two days, then on January 8, a temperature of 1.9 degrees was recorded. On January 13-14, the minimum temperature kept swinging around 10 degrees. Then suddenly the weather turned and the temperature started to drop. On January 16, the minimum temperature was recorded at 1.4 degree Celsius. This was the second lowest temperature in Delhi in the last 10 years.

According to meteorologists, the rise in temperature in Delhi is due to easterly winds and clear sky. According to officials, there are no chances of a cold wave in Delhi till next week. An IMD official said, “Because of the back to back Western Disturbances, the winds in the region will remain predominantly easterly, due to which there is no possibility of cold wave conditions.” Although there can be fluctuations in temperature. After the passage of the Western Disturbance, the winds become northeast and start flowing from the places of snowfall. According to weather analysts, a strong Western Disturbance over the Himalayas will result in heavy snowfall over the hill states and widespread rain over the plains.

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