Delhi NCR has been seeing intense weather conditions with yesterday being observed as the lowest minimum of the season. Today, while the minimum did see an increase of 2 degrees, the city continued to observe cold wave conditions. Moreover, it has been the fifth consecutive day of cold wave conditions wherein minimums have been below 4 degrees Celsius.
Moreover, very dense fog has been seen today with visibility at 50 meters in Palam and 25 meters in Safdarjung. Flights had been diverted to Jaipur and the visibility did remain on the lower side for a very long time.
In January, temperatures are at their lowest, however, this has happened only the second time since 2010 that the minimum dropped to below 2 degrees. In 2013, it was at 1.9 degrees on January 13 but then temperatures have remained above 2 degrees with 2021 seeing minimum at 2 degrees on January 14.
Moreover, it was only in 2010, when the minimum did not drop below 5.6 degrees in January. Since then, minimums have been dipping below 3 degrees.
Temperatures over Delhi are controlled by presence and absence of Western Disturbances but the present disturbance has not been able to alter the wind pattern and they continued to be northwesterly and no difference has been seen in terms of temperatures.
Another Western Disturbance is likely between January 10 to Jan 13, that will be the one to influence a change in the wind pattern. Tomorrow also, cold wave is likely. There may be a slight rise in temperatures but will hover around 4 degrees. Thereafter, cold wave will abate around January 11, wherein minimum will see a rise and may go to about 6 degrees later on.