If you’re a resident of Delhi you’ll know that the city witnessed some extremely cold days this winter season. However, what should grab your attention is that the December-January winter spell was the coldest in the past 13 years. Not only that, the Meteorological Department also mentioned that it was the second harshest winter this century in terms of minimum temperatures.
Beginning 15th December 2018, Delhi saw some of the coldest days of this season. Since 15th, temperatures have constantly been dwindling around the lower levels of the thermometer. Only 9 days saw a rise in temperature that was above normal while the rest remained under the average mercury level. Over 21 consecutive days following December 15 saw bone chilling temperatures which were under the average level.
The December-January period in Delhi had over 25 days when temperatures dropped to lower than 6 degrees. The average minimum temperature in December and January was seen to be 6.8 degrees- which is the lowest since the winter of 2005-06, when it was recorded at 6.6 degrees.
While December 2018 was one of the coldest in 50 years, January also turned out to be the coldest month in the past six years. The average minimum temperature during the month of January 2019 was at 6.9 degrees, almost a degree below normal.
Experts alluded the unreasonably cold winters to the long dry spells when sustained northerly winds from the mountains higher up chilled Delhi and surrounding areas. Apart from that, they stated that since there were long gaps in between northerly winds, minimum temperatures remained very low.
This was one of the colder winters from the past 5 years and the long chill this season reminded residents of Delhi weather from decades ago. This season, sunny days kept maximum temperatures close to normal levels. Though daily temperatures didn’t create many records, the lowest recorded temperature during this period was 2.6 degrees, which was recorded on December 29.
The winters may soon be coming to an end but as of now, there seems to be no respite from the icy cold temperatures. We would suggest that you curl up in your blanket, pick up your favourite book and pair that with a cup of hot chocolate to keep you on your feet this season.