Delhi sees cold spell, but winter yet to set in

December 16th, 2008 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The capital has been experiencing a cold spell in the past couple of days, giving the impression that the winter has set in. But met officials say that the temperatures may rise in the coming three days.The minimum temperature recorded Tuesday morning was 10.4 degrees celsius, a notch higher than previous days.

“The minimum temperature recorded today (Tuesday) morning was 10.4 degrees, while the maximum temperature recorded during the day (Monday) was 24.6. The minimum temperatures will continue to rise for the next three days,” said a met official from the Safdarjung Met office.

Shallow fog has already triggered many delays in early morning flight schedules, and three runways have been commissioned low visibility air traffic operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here since the weekend.

Despite the fog and the chill in the mornings and late evenings, the winter spell has not fully set in, the official claimed.

“While there will be cloudy skies and high humidity of about 80 percent, the temperatures are not likely to lower.

“This is because there is still one set of western disturbances coming in from Jammu and Kashmir. For this to clear it will take two to three days,” the official added.

The official added that the previous forecast of early rains was not likely to occur in Delhi, but “Jammu and Kashmir may witness a few showers”.

In the coming days, the minimum temperatures could rise to 11-12 degrees Celsius, while the daytime maximum temperatures would hover around 24-26 degrees Celsius, the official said.

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