Delhi prepares for chilly weekend as fog descends across city

Thursday saw Delhi recording a maximum temperature of 23°C, slightly above the normal mark, and this trend is expected to persist on Friday before escalating to 24-25°C over the weekend.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 22 December, 2023 12:31 pm IST
Heavy blanket of Fog in Delhi on Friday morning (TNI file photo By Sumit Kumar)

NEW DELHI: As the weekend approaches, Delhi finds itself shrouded in moderate fog, reducing visibility to 400 metres at Palam. The morning chill, with a minimum temperature of 6.2°C, is a degree below the norm and is expected to rise to around 9°C by Saturday due to prevailing cloudiness.

Thursday saw Delhi recording a maximum temperature of 23°C, slightly above the normal mark, and this trend is expected to persist on Friday before escalating to 24-25°C over the weekend.

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Notably, December 15 marked the season’s lowest minimum temperature at 4.9°C. The current forecast suggests that the minimum temperature will hover between 6-8°C until at least December 27, with the maximum temperature expected to remain above 23°C during this period.

Contrary to expectations of a colder winter, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted a warmer season for the country as a whole from December to February. Cold waves are expected to be less intense and frequent than usual in various regions, including north, northwest, central, east, and northeast India.

IMD suggested that there are chances of isolated drizzles in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Friday evening and late at night, the impact over the weekend is expected to be limited, although cloudiness is likely to persist.

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December has seen a dry spell, with no significant rainfall except for some drizzle on December 4. On Thursday, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 6.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

Looking ahead, the India Meteorological Department predicts light rainfall on Friday, which could further lower the minimum temperature in the national capital to 5 degrees Celsius. As Delhi residents bundle up against the chill, the city is set to experience a cool and possibly damp weekend, with weather conditions remaining on the milder side compared to the typical winter expectations.

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