Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 7.5 degrees Celsius on Friday morning, the lowest in the month of November in 14 years, according to the India Meteorological Department.
It is Delhi’s lowest minimum temperature in November since November 29, 2006, when the city recorded a minimum of 7.3 degrees Celsius, said Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre. While the all-time record for the lowest minimum temperature in November is 3.9 degrees Celsius recorded on November 28, 1938.
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The national capital was also on the brink of a cold wave, the first this season. For the plains, the IMD declares a cold wave when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and is 4.5 degrees less than normal for two consecutive days.
We will declare a cold wave in Delhi if the situation persists tomorrow, Srivastava said. Delhi had recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 11.5 degrees Celsius last year, 10.5 degrees Celsius in 2018 and 7.6 degrees Celsius in 2017 in the month of November.
Besides, the national capital also witnessed a layer of haze lingering in the sky on Friday morning as the Air Quality Index (AQI) dropped to the ‘very poor’ category after reporting ‘moderate’ a day before.
(With agency inputs)