Severe cold continues in Delhi, slight rise in min temp tomorrow

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New Delhi, Jan 3 (UNI) The national capital continued to be under the grip of an intense cold wave, with the minimum temperature being five degrees below normal at two degrees Celsius.

The maximum temperature was 20 degrees Celsius (two degrees below normal).

The national capital yesterday recorded the lowest temperature of the season at 1.9 degrees Celsius.

The minimum visibility recorded also fell to 400m this morning, leading to traffic jams in many areas of the city.

However, flight operations at the Airport remained normal, an Airport spokesperson said.

According to the Met office, many parts in the north were reeling under cold wave conditions for the past three days with minimum temperatures four to seven degrees below normal, due to the cold dry northerly winds making night temperatures plummet by about 10 degrees between December 23, 2007 to January 2, 2008.

The winds from the cold areas in the north and northwest of the country flow into the region following the eastward movement of the Western Disturbances (WD), which affected the region between December 20 and 22.

The cold wave conditions are likely to persist with the weathermen forecasting a minimum temperature of three degrees tomorrow as well.

The Met office has forecast a mainly clear sky in the city during the next 24 hours with the likelihood of mist or shallow fog in the morning.

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