Cold wave intensifies, mercury drops to lowest in Feb in 5 yrs

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New Delhi, Feb 11 (UNI) The cold wave sweeping through Delhi since the last week intensified today with the mercury plummeting to 3.8 degrees Celsius, the lowest in February in the last five years.

Cold Northwesterly wind continued to send Delhiites in a shiver, resulting in a drop in the minimum temperature to 3.8 degrees Celsius, 6 degrees below normal.

Weathermen said it was the lowest temperature recorded in Delhi in the month of February in the last five years.

''As per the Met records, since 2003, the minimum temperature in the month of February has not dipped to such a low level, although it has been recorded at 5 to 6 degrees Celsius,'' the weather office said.

The maximum was also recorded two degrees below normal at 21 Degree C.

The cold wave conditions over the city are likely to persist over the next 24 hours, weathermen said and forecast a minimum temperature of around 3 degrees tomorrow.

The Met office has forecast a mainly clear sky in Delhi during the next 24 hours.

After an unusually warm weather in January, Delhi had been experiencing cold weather since the beginning of February, which the Met office attributed to the cold Northwestly winds set off due to the eastward movement of the Western Disturbances.

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