Delhi trembles when mercury falls to 2.4 degrees Celsius for the second time in a week

NEW DELHI: Cold weather conditions continued in Delhi on Wednesday when the minimum temperature was set at 2.4 degrees Celsius, five levels below normal, authorities said. Twenty-nine trains were delayed from two to nine hours because the fog reduced visibility, they said.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 2.4 degrees Celsius, five levels below normal, an official with the Department of Meteorology said, adding that the humidity was 97 percent.

Also on Saturday the national capital had registered a minimum temperature of 2.4 degrees Celsius.

Air quality in the national capital at 9.38 am on Wednesday was recorded at 433 in the severe category.

The meteorological department forecast a partly cloudy sky with moderate fog in the coming days. The maximum temperature would be around 16 degrees Celsius.

December 2019 recorded 18 consecutive 'cold days' or a 'cold period' of 18 days, the maximum after 17 in December 1997.

The maximum temperature in Delhi suffered a sharp drop on Monday to settle at 9.4 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest day of December since 1901.