Cold conditions persist in Delhi, mercury drops to 3.4 Deg C

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New Delhi, Jan 31 (UNI) Chilly winds today continued to leave Delhiites shivering with the mercury falling to 3.4 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal.

After rising slightly on Tuesday, the minimum temperature today continued its downwards slide, plummeting to 3.4 degrees, from 4.1 degrees yesterday. A slight mist was also witnessed in the morning though visibility levels remained normal at 1000 m.

The maximum too was recorded three degrees below normal at 19.4 degree, three degrees below normal.

The chill sweeping the National Capital could persist for the next 24 hours with the weatherman forecasting a drop in minimum temperature to 2 degrees tomorrow.

''The current meteorological analysis suggests that the present scenario is likely to continue during the next 24 hours,''the Met office said.

The Weathermen attribute the cold wave in the city this week, as also the whole of last week, to the influence of the Northwesterly winds.

The weekend could, however, witness an abatement of the cold wave conditions.

''With the likely change in wind pattern, night temperatures are likely to increase from February 2 onwards, leading to abatement of cold wave conditions,''the Met office said.

The Met office has forecast a mainly clear sky during the next 24 hours with the possibility of slight mist in the morning.

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