The national capital on Wednesday witnessed intense cold wave as the minimum temperature dropped to 4.5 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season's average. The maximum temperature also dropped to 19.5 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, given a partial cloud cover.
"There will not be much sunlight as it will be partly cloudy through the day, keeping the temperature cold," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said, as shallow to moderate fog enveloped the city early Wednesday.
Delhi Pollution: Air quality remains ‘very poor’; maximum temperature expected to reach 23 degrees Celsius
"Winds from the northwest is making Delhi colder than usual at this time of the season,” the official said.
“It will continue to be this cold for another two-three days. After that, it will slowly start getting warmer," he added.
At least 11 train arrivals in Delhi were delayed due to fog. Trains running from Puri in Odisha and Gaya in Bihar were delayed by five hours.
The IMD has forecast cold wave conditions at some places in the national capital on Thursday with the minimum temperature continuing to remain around four degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, the overall air quality in the national capital continued to remain ‘poor’ due to high wind speed.
Several areas like Mundka, Jahangirpuri, Ashok Vihar, Burari, ITO, NSIT Dwarka, RK Puram, Rohini however, fared in the 'very poor' category with PM2.5 as the major pollutant.