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Delhi witnesses its coldest November in 71 years: IMD

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
November 30, 2020 14:01 IST
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The month of November was the coldest in the national capital in 71 years, with the mean minimum temperature dropping to 10.2 degree Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department.

Delhi had recorded a mean minimum temperature of 10.2 degree Celsius in November 1949. 

The mean minimum temperature for November was 9.6 degree Celsius in 1938; nine degree Celsius in 1931 and 8.9 degree Celsius in 1930, according to IMD data. 


Normally, the mean minimum temperature for the month of November is 12.9 degree Celsius. 

The mean minimum temperature was 15 degree Celsius last year, 13.4 degree Celsius in 2018 and 12.8 degree Celsius in 2017 and 2016. 

Delhi also braved four cold waves in November -- on the 3rd, 20th, 23rd and 24th. 

For the plains, the IMD declares a cold wave when the minimum temperature is 10 degree Celsius or below and is 4.5 notches less than normal for two consecutive days. 

However, for small areas such as Delhi, a cold wave can be declared if the criteria is fulfilled even for a day, Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD's regional forecasting centre, said.              

On Monday, Delhi recorded a minimum of 6.9 degree Celsius. This is the eight day this month that the minimum temperature remained below 10 degree Celsius.

On November 23, Delhi recorded a minimum of 6.3 degrees Celsius -- its lowest minimum temperature in the month since November 2003, when the city recorded a minimum of 6.1 degree Celsius, according to Srivastava.

The minimum temperature this month, barring on November 16, has remained 2-3 degree Celsius below normal in the absence of a cloud cover on most days, according to IMD officials.

Clouds trap some of the outgoing infrared radiation and radiate it back downward, warming the ground. 

The month of October was the coldest in 58 years in the national capital.

The mean minimum temperature in October this year was 17.2 degree Celsius, the lowest since 1962, when it was 16.9 degree Celsius. 

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