“Cold day” conditions on IMD forecast for Delhi

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“Cold day” conditions are predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) for Delhi on Monday, with the maximum temperature likely below normal.

Up to Sunday, Delhi had recorded four “cold days” from January 13. A “cold day” corresponds to a maximum temperature 4.5 to 6.4 degrees Celsius lower than normal and a minimum temperature lower than or equal to 10 degrees Celsius.

Fog and low cloud had kept the maximum temperature below normal, IMD scientists said. On Sunday, the Palam weather observatory recorded “cold day” conditions with the maximum temperature falling to 14.4 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal.

At the Safdarjung Meteorological Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, the minimum temperature in the past 24 hours was 8.7 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature was 17.2 degrees Celsius.

On Monday, the maximum temperature is expected to be 17 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature is expected to be 9 degrees Celsius. By January 20, the minimum temperature is expected to climb to around 12 degrees, according to IMD forecasts. Relative humidity at 8:30 a.m. Monday was 87% and the temperature at the same time was 9.6 degrees Celsius.

The AQI on Sunday was 264, in the “poor” category, according to the Central Pollution Control Board bulletin at 4 p.m. Air quality is expected to be in the “very poor” category on Monday, according to Delhi’s air quality early warning system.

At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium monitoring station, the average 24-hour AQI was 323, in the “very low” category as of 10 a.m. Monday. In ITO, the AQI was 389, while Anand Vihar recorded an AQI of 390. In Chandni Chowk, the AQI was 286, in the poor category.

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