Mercury dips to 3.8 deg C, lowest in Feb in last 5 years

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New Delhi, Feb 11 (UNI) The severe coldwave lashing Delhi continued today with mercury plummeting to 3.8 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest day in February in the last five years.

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

Weatherman 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 never dipped to such a low level, although it has been recorded at 5 to 6 degrees Celsius,'' the weather office said.

The cold wave conditions over the city are likely to persist in the next few days with the weatherman forecasting cold winds during the next 24 hours. It has forecast the minimum temperature around 3 degrees Celsius with mainly clear sky in the next 24 hours.

After an unusually warm weather in January, Delhi had been experiencing cold 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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