On Thursday, a harsh cold wave stormed across Delhi, bringing the season’s lowest minimum temperature of three degrees Celsius. The majority of people stayed inside, using space heaters and hot tea to stay warm as chilly winds from the snow-covered Himalayas swept into the plains, including the nation’s capital.
For much of North India, including Delhi, there was a blinding layer of dense fog, which was extremely inconvenient for commuters. Around 5:30 in the morning, there were 50 metres of visibility. A minimum temperature of three degrees Celsius was recorded at the Safdarjung observatory, the main weather station in Delhi, as opposed to 4.4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and 8.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
Minimum temperatures were recorded at Lodhi Road, Ayanagar, and Ridge at 2.8 degrees Celsius, 2.2 degrees Celsius, and 2.8 degrees Celsius, respectively. Power grids are anticipated to be strained by the cold weather, and the homeless will have difficulties.
On Wednesday, the meteorological office issued an ‘orange signal’ for Thursday and Friday for Delhi-NCR. Green (no action required), yellow (watch and remain updated), orange (be prepared), and red (take action) are the four colour designations that the India Meteorological Department uses for weather warnings.
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