“Where were you when Delhi was freezing in 2019?” You may be asked a similar question in future. The cold wave that continues this time in December is historic. This December is going to be the second coldest December in the last 100 years. On just four occasions from 1901 to 2018, the maximum average December temperature has dropped below 20°C. This year it was 19.85°C as of 26 December while it could be only 19.15°C by 31 December.
This cold wave outbreak will continue until 30 December. On Friday, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 4.2°C. Normally, the city records such a low temperature in January, for example on 6 January 2018. December 2017 was better, as the highest temperature had not gone down as much as it has now.
Earlier in 1907, the average temperature of the day was recorded at 17.3°C in December. There is bad news for those planning to go out and celebrate on New Year too. The year 2020 may begin with a hail storm. There is a possibility of hail on 1 and 2 January 2020.
According to the meteorological department, the hill stations will receive severe snowfall till 3 January.
The night temperature in Fatehpur, Rajasthan is between 0 to 3°C and in Sikar is going below 0°C already.
According to Regional Weather Centre Deputy DG Kuldeep Shrivastava, the northwest winds are continuously blowing towards Delhi and the upper surface is cloudy because of which sunlight is not reaching the earth. That is why the cold is not decreasing during the day.
There may be some improvement in temperature from 31 December onwards. But according to the meteorological department, the maximum average temperature of this month can be 19.15°C based on the forecast for the next five days. If this happens, it will become the second coldest December after 1901. Earlier, in 1997, December was the coldest in that century when the average maximum temperature was just 17.3°C.
Night temperatures in many places in Rajasthan have varied from 1°C to 5°C. Winter is in full swing in Shekhawati zone. On Thursday, the Sikar district reached almost the freezing point (0°C). Snow has started settling on the hills towards the trees. The Shekhawati region includes Churu, Sikar, Jhunjhunu districts and the nearest areas.
Mount Abu, the only mountainous tourist area in Rajasthan, recorded a temperature of 1°C. The night temperatures in Churu, Vanasthali, Bikaner, Ganganagar and Ajmer were recorded at 1.3°C, 3.2°C, 3.7°C, 3.9°C and 5.5°C respectively.
The air of Delhi is still not breathable, but on Saturday the air quality will worsen. Winds will weaken and pollution levels will increase. For more than a week, Delhi’s air quality has remained at a very poor level. Especially in the morning and evening, people have trouble breathing. According to CPCB’s air bulletin, Delhi’s air quality index stood at 349.
The AQI is 360 in Faridabad, 359 in Ghaziabad, 370 in Greater Noida, 290 in Gurugram and 370 in Noida.
The air quality remains as bad today. After this, the pollution will start increasing from 28 December and it will reach a critical condition. On 29 December, it will remain in the critical condition. On Friday, Jahangirpuri, Vinobapuri and Piragadhi will be sensitive in terms of pollution.