Delhi woke up to a freezing morning and fog on Saturday with the mercury settling at 2.4 degrees Celsius at 6:10 am.
The minimum temperature on Friday was 4.2 degrees Celsius as the national capital braved another “severe cold day”,the weather department said.
The weather department had predicted the mercury to drop further over the weekend. The city, which has been witnessing the longest December cold spell since 1997, recorded a high of 13.4 degrees Celsius, which was seven notches below normal.
Delhi: Dense fog at Rajpath this morning. Temperature of 2.4°C was recorded in Delhi at 6:10 am, today. pic.twitter.com/mHpEsaaUcj
— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2019
The Meteorological Department on Thursday said the Delhi-NCR region is expected to record its second-coldest December since 1901.
“The mean maximum temperature for December was less than 20 degrees Celsius only in 1919, 1929, 1961 and 1997,” an IMD official said.
In December this year, the mean maximum temperature (MMT) till Thursday was 19.85 degrees Celsius. It is expected to dip to 19.15 degrees Celsius by December 31, he said.
After 1992, Delhi has had cold spells only in four years — 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2014.