New Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) The mercury dipped in most parts of north India on Wednesday a day after snowfall was recorded at a few high-altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, while moderate to dense fog was observed in parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh affecting normal life.
The national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 10.6 degrees Celsius, with the meteorological department predicting that it would drop by a notch by Saturday as cold winds have started blowing from the hilly regions.
The maximum temperature of the city settled at 25.4 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Delhi this month, barring on November 16, has remained 2-3 degrees below normal in the absence of a cloud cover, according to IMD officials.
The city's air quality deteriorated marginally and was recorded in the 'poor' category on Wednesday as a change in the wind direction increased the share of stubble burning in the city's pollution slightly.
Delhi's air quality index (AQI) was recorded in the 'moderate' category in the morning. However, pollution levels increased by a bit as the day progressed. The 24-hour average AQI stood at 211. It was 171 on Tuesday.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.
Weather experts and government agencies said no significant change was likely in the next three to four days.
Cold conditions prevailed in Himachal Pradesh two days after the state witnessed its first snowfall of the season, with Lahaul and Spiti's administrative centre Keylong being the coldest place recording a low of minus 7.6 degrees Celsius Kinnaur's Kalpa recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.1 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperatures in Kufri, Dalhousie and Manali were 3 degrees Celsius, 4.8 degrees Celsius and 5 degrees Celsius. Shimla registered a low of 5.8 degrees Celsius.
Night temperatures dropped in parts of Rajasthan with Mount Abu recording the lowest minimum temperature of 4.6 degrees Celsius. Churu recorded a low of 8.3 degrees Celsius, a drop of five notches from the previous night.
The mercury settled at 8.8 degrees Celsius in Ganganagar, 9.1 degrees Celsius in Pilani, 10.5 degrees Celsius in Sikar, 11.8 degrees Celsius in Jaisalmer, 13.4 degrees Celsius in Barmer and 13.8 degrees Celsius in Alwar, according to the MeT department.
Bhilwara recorded a minimum temperature of 14 degrees Celsius, Dabok 14.8 degrees Celsius, Jaipur 16.2 degrees Celsius, and Kota 16.6 degrees Celsius.
According to the weather department, temperatures will further drop in the state during the next 24 hours.
Moderate to dense fog was observed at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh and eastern Uttar Pradesh affecting daily life.
In Jammu and Kashmir, the ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded the lowest minimum temperature of minus 6 degrees Celsius, four notches below the normal, while Jammu and Srinagar recorded their minimum temperatures at 9.5 degrees Celsius and 0.8 degrees Celsius respectively.
The weather department has predicted rain and snowfall in isolated parts of the Union territory on Thursday.
In the southern parts of India, heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala and Mahe.
'Under the influence of western disturbance, light to moderate isolated to scattered rain and snow is likely over the western Himalayan region, while Dry weather likely over the remaining parts of the country,' the India Meteorological Department has said in its forecast for next week. PTI TEAM NSD NSD