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Minimum temperature in Delhi dips to 2 degrees Celsius

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New Delhi, Jan 14: Several parts of Delhi reeled under a "severe" cold wave and witnessed "dense" fog on Thursday as the national capital recorded minimum temperature of 2 degrees Celsius.

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According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the visibility levels dropped to 100 metres at Palam and 201 metres at Safdarjung due to "dense" to "moderate" fog in the morning.

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According to the IMD, "very dense" fog is when visibility is between 0 and 50 metres. In case of "dense" fog, visibility is between 51 and 200 metres, "moderate" 201 and 500 metres, and "shallow" 501 and 1,000 metres.

The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a minimum of 2 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal, as against 3.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

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The weather stations at Lodhi Road and Ridge recorded a minimum of 2.4 and 3.6 degrees Celsius, respectively. In the plains, the IMD declares a cold wave if the minimum temperature dips to 4 degrees Celsius. A severe cold wave is when the minimum is 2 degrees Celsius or less.

Cold and dry northerly/northwesterly winds from the western Himalayas have been barreling through the plains, bringing the minimum temperature in north India down, Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD's regional forecasting centre said.

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    On January 1, the city had recorded a minimum of 1.1 degrees Celsius, lowest for the month in 15 years.

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