New Delhi, December 29: Delhi will continue to reel under severe cold wave conditions till December 31, 2020, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. According to details by Kuldeep Srivastava, Regional Head, IMD Delhi, cold wave conditions will persist in the national capital for the next two days. Srivastava informed that from January 1, abatement of cold conditions will begin and temperature will rise in the national capital. The official added that a western disturbance led to widespread snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand due to which the mercury dipped in the plains. La Nina in India: Country to Witness More Cyclones, Relatively Colder Winter This Year, Says IMD.
In the plains, the IMD declares a cold wave if the minimum temperature dips to 4 degrees Celsius. A severe cold wave is when the minimum is 2 degrees Celsius or less. On Tuesday, the minimum temperature in Delhi was down to 3.6 degrees Celsius as icy winds swept through the national capital from the Himalayan regions. The IDM said the mercury may drop further by New Year''s Eve.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a low of 3.6 degrees Celsius as against 5.6 degrees Celsius on Monday. Meanwhile, the weather stations at Ayanagar and Lodhi Road recorded a low of 2.6 degrees Celsius and 2.7 degrees Celsius respectively, it added. In its weather bulletin, the IMD stated that very dense fog is likely over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and Uttarakhand during next 3-4 days.