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Delhi colder than Shimla, Mussoorie: Here’s why

Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD's regional weather forecasting centre, explains the vagaries making the plains of Delhi chillier than hills

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People of Delhi often turn to the mountains during the summer season. However, experiencing the coldest winter in the last 118 years, people of Delhi may well feel the mountains would still be a better idea than the plains. Some areas of Delhi are now colder than Shimla and Mussoorie. In the past weekend, the maximum temperature in Mussoorie and Shimla was above 14°C. During this time, temperatures in many areas of Delhi were recorded below 14°C.

The temperature was recorded at 11.6°C in Delhi’s weather station Jafarpur, 11.9°C in Mungeshpur and 13.5°C in Palam. Other weather stations recorded temperatures below 14°C. Weather officials say that there is a fog in the daytime in the plains, due to which there is no sunshine. The night temperature in Delhi was about 2°C lower on Saturday than Mussoorie and Shimla.

On Sunday, many weather stations recorded a temperature of 2.8°C, which was as cold as Shimla. In the northern plains, the effect of fog is seen daily in the morning for the past fortnight. This fog is affecting almost the entire northern plains from the eastern regions of Pakistan to Bihar. Due to this, the effect of cold is getting more in these areas.

Partly, the effect of fog decreased slightly on Sunday and it was slightly sunny on Saturday. Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s regional weather forecasting centre, said, “This fog is usually a few hundred metres above the ground. Besides, there has been no rain in the last few days in the hill states.” This means, even if there is morning fog in Shimla or Mussoorie, the weather can be slightly hot during the day. In fact, Shimla and Mussoorie were three to 4°C above normal due to not having humid temperatures.

Sirf News had explained earlier that the northwest winds were continuously blowing towards Delhi and the upper surface was cloudy because of which sunlight was not reaching this part of the earth.

The cold is also increasing due to icy winds in the plains. However, this will not last long. Srivastava said, “There is a possibility of changing the wind direction on Monday, due to which the weather is expected to change.” Also, there will be some increase in the maximum temperature. He said, “We predicted light rain in Delhi-NCR on New Year’s Eve. There is a possibility of rain on 1 and 2 January.”

Relief from the fall in the temperature is likely to be temporary. The temperature may fall further down after 3 January.

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