New Delhi sees new winter low since 1901, says IMD official

Updated: 29 December, 2019 10:57 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

"The mean maximum temperature for December was less than 20 degrees Celsius only in 1919, 1929, 1961 and 1997," an official of the India Meteorological Department said.

A woman rides a bicycle on a cold morning at Rajpath in New Delhi on Saturday morning. Pic/PTI
A woman rides a bicycle on a cold morning at Rajpath in New Delhi on Saturday morning. Pic/PTI

New Delhi: With a numbing cold continuing to sweep Delhi-NCR, the region is expected to record its second-coldest December since 1901, the weather department said.

"The mean maximum temperature for December was less than 20 degrees Celsius only in 1919, 1929, 1961 and 1997," an official of the India Meteorological Department said.

In December this year, the mean maximum temperature (MMT) till Thursday was 19.85 degrees Celsius. It is expected to dip to 19.15 degrees Celsius by December 31, he said.

"If it happens, it will be the second-coldest December since 1901. December 1997 recorded the lowest MMT of 17.3 degrees Celsius," the official said.

Before that, the MMT was 19.8 degrees Celsius in 1919 and 1929, while it was 20 degrees Celsius in 1962, the official said.

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First Published: 29 December, 2019 10:16 IST

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