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Delhi SHIVERS as bitter winter rages on

Last updated on: January 10, 2012 12:42 IST

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Icy winds blowing from mountains on Tuesday gave no respite to Delhiites from winter chill as it brought down mercury to below five degree Celsius.

The mercury plummeted to 4.5 degree Celsius, three degrees below normal and a sharp decline from Monday's 8.4 degrees, on a sunny morning. Since Sunday, the minimum temperature has been dipping.

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Image: A couple walks in front of the historic Red Fort amid dense fog on a cold winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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This is the first time in the New Year that the minimum temperature has dropped to below normal levels.

The highest minimum for this month was recorded on January 7 when the mercury recorded 12.5 degree Celsius, five degrees above normal.

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Image: A child sits next to a fire to warm herself on a cold winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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The Met department has predicted similar weather conditions for Wednesday with the temperature oscillating between four and 19 degree Celsius. However, there is a prediction of fog on Wednesday.

The city experienced the coldest day last Friday, with the maximum recorded at a low of 16.9 degrees Celsius.

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Image: Men sit around a fire to warm themselves in a dried pool amid dense fog on a cold winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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December saw the minimum temperature come down to 2.9 degrees Celsius on Christmas morning, the lowest of the season so far.

In the past 11 years, except for 2010, the month of January has recorded the lowest minimum temperature at below five degrees Celsius.

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Image: Men sit next to a dog around a fire to warm themselves on a cold winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi
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The lowest in the past 11 years was on January 8 in 2006 when the mercury had dipped to 0.2 deg Celsius.

The record lowest minimum for the month was recorded on January 16, 1935 when mercury touched minus 0.6 degrees Celsius while the record highest maximum was 32.5 degrees on January 28, 2004.

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Image: A child looks out from his shelter made of tarpaulin at a pavement on a cold winter morning in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi
Photographs: Parivartan Sharma/Reuters
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