Met predicts cold wave conditions for Saturday and Sunday | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: A cold wave gripped Delhi as the minimum temperature dipped to 4 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal, at Safdarjung, the city’s base station. Met officials have predicted cold wave conditions for Saturday and Sunday.
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At Lodhi Road, the minimum temperature dropped further to 3.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature at Safdarjung was 20.8 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal. The city is likely to receive “very light rain” on February 3 night or by February 4 afternoon, said India Meteorological Department (IMD).
“The minimum temperature is forecast to remain at 4 degrees Celsius on Saturday and may dip further to 3 on Sunday. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 21 degrees Celsius on both days,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD and head of Regional Weather Forecasting Centre. The minimum temperature is expected to rise from Tuesday to 7 degrees Celsius, he added.
A cold wave day is declared when the minimum temperature is at least 4 notches below normal or less than 4 degrees Celsius. According to IMD, a western disturbance may affect hills and plains in February and result in a rise in temperature.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s air quality, which dropped into the “severe” category on Friday morning, improved by noon. The overall air quality index (AQI) was 387, at the higher end of the “very poor” category. “The wind speed, which was nil in the morning, picked up later and helped in slight improvement in the air quality,” said a Met official.
AQI might improve marginally to the middle-to-lower end of the category on Saturday, SAFAR said.

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