Mercury plummets to new low in Delhi amid contradictory claims

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New Delhi, Feb 1 (UNI) Amid the severe chill pestering Delhiites for the past few days, the Agro met office at Pusa today recorded -0.1 degrees Celsius in Delhi, even as the Met office said the mercury had actually risen to 4.1 degrees C.

The India meteorological department said the minimum temperature had risen, from 3.4 degrees Celsius yesterday, to 4.1 degrees Celsius today, five degrees below normal.

However, the Agometerological laboratory at Pusa said the mercury had plummeted to -0.1 degrees C, a historical low in the Capital. The Met office, while confirming the Pusa observation, said it, however, did not represent the mercury level in the whole city. Rather, they said, it was the mercury level prevailing in the rural areas on the outskirts of the city that was reflected in the Pusa observations.

''The mercury recorded at Pusa Agromet lab is always three to four degrees below when recorded by the Met department,'' the Met office said.

Meanwhile, the weatherman said the ongoing chill sweeping the city could abate in the next two days although the minimum temperature tomorrow has been forecast at 4 degrees Celsius.

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

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