Delhi headed for colder days ahead


New Delhi : Residents in the national capital woke up to yet another cold day Sunday, after braving the season’s lowest temperature the day before at a chilling 3.9 degrees Celsius. And the New Year’s eve may be even colder.

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Although the minimum temperature Sunday rose slightly to 4.3 degree Celsius, Delhiites still shivered, clothing themselves with layers of woollies and trying to warm themselves by sitting in front of room heaters, basking in sunshine, or by sipping steaming tea and coffee.

“After a brief spell of comfortable winter days, this sudden drop in the temperature has come like a rude shock to us,” said Neeranjan Mehta, a resident of west Delhi.

“Despite it being a weekend, I and my family have decided to stay indoors today (Sunday), sitting in front of the room heater and watching TV. It’s just too cold to venture out!” he said.

The minimum temperature was three degrees below normal on Sunday. Last year on this day, the minimum temperature was five degrees Celsius.

The met department has some more cold comfort to offer.

“The New Year’s eve might be even colder. The minimum temperature Monday will hover around three degree Celsius, a challenge for all those who are planning roof top or open air parties,” an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) told IANS.

Joey Joseph, a BPO professional, said she is now rethinking what to wear at the New Year’s eve party she has to attend.

“I was planning to wear this pretty little black dress for the New Year’s eve party at a friend’s place. But since it’s a roof top party and the cold is simply getting bitter, I am contemplating…probably I will stick to something warmer,” she said.