Some relief for Delhiites, minimum temperature rises


New Delhi : As the mercury continued to rise Friday, albeit slowly, the capital heaved a sigh of relief. The minimum temperature was 3 degrees Celsius, one degree higher than what it was the day before.

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“Early in the morning, the cold was as bad as any other day. But nevertheless I didn’t feel the pinch when I was going to work in an auto rickshaw. It was nothing like what it was two days back!” said Arpita Sinha, who works in a bank.

The capital recorded the season’s lowest temperature of 1.9 degrees Celsius Jan 2.

“The minimum temperature recorded today is four degrees below normal. Last year on this day the minimum temperature was 6 degrees Celsius,” said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

For those who have to reach school early in the morning, the rise in minimum temperature was hardly of any help.

“We get out of home for school at 8 a.m. At that time, the cold is as bad as it can be. Sadly, throughout our winter vacations the cold was not this bad, but now that our classes have resumed, it’s becoming worse,” said Akshita Mehta, a Class 7 student of the Shri Ram School. Many of her schoolmates complained of having a tougher time, since they have to leave home shortly after 7 a.m.