Persevering with to set new climate data every month since August 2020, Delhi recorded its coldest February day within the final 19 years on Thursday — when town obtained mild rainfall and skies remained overcast all through the day.
The India Meteorological Division (IMD) stated Delhi recorded a most temperature of 14.4 levels Celsius — eight levels under regular for this time of the yr. The IMD stated not solely this was the bottom most temperature for a February day in 19 years, but additionally the fourth lowest most in February within the final 71 years, going by knowledge until 1951. The final time town recorded a decrease most for the month was on February 1, 2003, when it logged 14.3 levels Celsius.
Although town witnessed mild drizzle throughout the day, IMD officers stated gusty winds, with speeds touching 40kmph, had been the first purpose behind the drop in temperature. Safdarjung, Delhi’s base station for climate, obtained 0.8mm rain until 8.30am on Thursday, with one other 0.2mm recorded between 8.30am and 5.30 pm.
RK Jenamani, scientist on the IMD, stated in contrast to earlier western disturbances seen throughout this winter season, the present spell has introduced the heaviest rain. He stated the conventional most temperature in February usually doesn’t are inclined to dip under the 20-degree mark.
“Wind speeds persistently remained between 30-40kmph between 11am and 2pm, inflicting the utmost temperature to hover 7 to 9 levels Celsius under the conventional mark in any respect stations. Whereas there are possibilities of very mild rain and drizzle exercise on Friday as effectively, the height impression of the western disturbance was seen on Thursday solely,” stated Jenamani.
The IMD classifies it as a “chilly day” when the utmost temperature is 4.5 levels or extra under the conventional mark, with the minimal additionally being under 10 levels. It’s a “extreme chilly” day when the utmost is 6.5 levels or extra under the conventional mark.
The minimal temperature was recorded at 11 levels Celsius at Safdarjung, which is three levels above regular, the IMD stated .
In keeping with IMD knowledge since 1951, the bottom most temperatures in Delhi have been recorded on February 1, 1970 (12.3 levels), February 21, 1954 (13.9 levels) and February 1, 2003 (14.3 levels).
Whereas Delhi recorded an excessive climate occasion every month final yr, January 2022 was no completely different because it obtained 88.2mm rain – an all-time report within the final 121 years. Delhi additionally noticed its coldest January day within the final 9 years, when the utmost fell to 12.1 levels Celsius on January 25. The final time it was decrease was on January 3, 2013, when the utmost did not cross the 10-degree mark (9.8 levels Celsius).
This most temperature of 12.1 levels can also be the bottom most of the season up to now, and Thursday’s low is now the second lowest up to now this winter. The third lowest most this season was 14.7 levels Celsius, which was recorded on January 22, in response to IMD knowledge.
Met officers forecast mild rain on Friday as effectively, however added that the impression of western disturbance could abate with no extra precipitation until February 9. “Friday might be an identical day, with mild drizzle anticipated in some locations. The utmost may hover round 17 levels, with overcast situations. Wind speeds may even be a lot decrease,” a climate division official stated.
Nevertheless, regardless of the rain, Delhi’s air high quality index (AQI) remained within the “very poor” class on Thursday, with a recording of 321, in response to the Central Air pollution Management Board’s every day 4pm bulletin. It was 319 (very poor) on Wednesday. Forecasting company, Safar, predicted an enchancment in AQI on Friday.