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Minimum temperature in Delhi rises to 5.5 degrees Celsius; Air quality 'very poor'

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New Delhi, Dec 21: The minimum temprature in Delhi rose slightly to 5.5 degrees Celsius on Monday under the influence of a fresh western disturbance affecting the upper reaches of the Himalayas. "This a fast-moving Western Disturbance (WD) and it will withdraw on Tuesday. Thereafter, the temperatures are expected to drop again," Mahesh Palawat, an expert at a private forecasting agency, said.

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He further said that the WD will lead to a light to moderate snowfall in the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh, he said.

According to the India Meteorological Department, a minimum of 5.5 degrees Celsius was recorded on Monday morning as against 3.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday, the lowest this season so far.

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It has predicted cold wave conditions at some place in the city from December 23 to December 26. Moderate to dense fog is also predicted during the period, it said.

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    For the plains, the IMD declares a cold wave when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and is 4.5 notches less than normal for two consecutive days.

    However, for small areas such as Delhi, a cold wave can be declared if the criteria are fulfilled even for a day, officials said.

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