New Year revellers feel the chill

Mercury dips to 13.6° C in city, the lowest in six years

The city witnessed a record low temperature in the early hours of Tuesday as denizens welcomed New Year revelling at parties and on the thoroughfares.

According to the India Meteorological Department, the lowest minimum temperature recorded on Tuesday was 13.6 ° Celsius with a departure of four degrees Celsius from normal lowest temperature. Tuesday become one of the coldest days in the city in several years and IMD predicts similar lowest temperatures in the coming days.

New trend

Comparatively in the last six years, from 2013 to 2018, Tuesday’s was the lowest minimum temperature in the month of January whose mean lowest temperature is 18.6 ° C, IMD reports say.

Until Monday, coldest day in January month in the last 11 years witnessed 12.4 ° C and 8.5 °C was the all-time lowest temperature recorded in 1981, according to the IMD. Significantly, the coldest days of January only occurred in the third week contrary to the current month’s weather trend.

Though the city has been witnessing low temperatures for the past several days, denizens got a taste of the spell as they took to the streets to welcome New Year.

According to the IMD forecast, the lowest temperature would be between 14 and 16 °C till January 7.

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