Delhi entered the New Year with dense fog and freezing cold that saw the mercury dip to 1.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest minimum temperature in January in the last 15 years, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. It was the coldest New Year day in recent memory across north India as the temperature dropped below freezing point in three cities.
It was a double whammy for Delhiites setting out in the early hours, as air quality was also classified as “severe” according to CPCB’s daily index.
Delhi had last recorded a lower minimum temperature on January 8, 2006, when the mercury fell to 0.2 degrees Celsius. The temperature is set to increase in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the minimum temperature in Agra dropped to 2 degrees Celsius as compared to 7 degrees Celsius in Mussoorie. Besides Agra, cold waves swept across Firozabad, Mathura, Etah, Aligarh, Kasganj and Mainpuri on Friday.
As icy winds continued to lash Lucknow, it recorded the lowest minimum temperature of the season with mercury plummeting to 0.5 degrees Celsius, colder than most hill stations in the country.