New Delhi: Cold wave continued to grip the national capital with the minimum temperature being recorded at 4-degree Celsius and the maximum temperature being recorded at 20-degree Celsius. The cold wave is likely to continue till the end of this month, that is, December 31.

On Christmas, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius, three notches below the normal. There was no respite from cold wave conditions with dense fog partially stalling flight operations at Delhi airport. More than 80 flights were delayed and flight operations were partially suspended at the Delhi airport due to low visibility conditions.

However, flight operations at Delhi airport continued as scheduled, as visibility today is normal.

Delhi Airport

“Minimum temperatures are very likely to fall by 2-3 degree Celsius over the northwest, central and west India during next 48 hours,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest forecast. Minimum temperatures in most parts of northern India have been 3-5 degrees below normal, with Amritsar recording 0.4 degree Celsius.

In Himachal Pradesh, cold wave conditions continued with the mercury plunging to minus 9.4 degrees Celsius in Keylong and popular tourist destination Manali reeling at minus 3.2 degrees Celsius.

Kalpa, Solan, Bhuntar, Sundernagar and Seobagh also witnessed sub-zero temperatures, Director of Shimla’s Meteorological Centre Manmohan Singh said. The minimum temperature in state capital Shimla was 1.7 degrees Celsius.

According to the meteorological department, night temperatures remained much below normal in Allahabad, Meerut, Faizabad, Lucknow and Bareilly divisions and below normal in Varanasi, Agra divisions.

Dense fog was also witnessed in various parts of Rajasthan amid cold wave conditions on Tuesday. Traffic movement was affected in Sriganganagar, Churu, Pilani, Sikar and Jaipur where visibility was as low as 50 to 90 metre and 90 to 100 metre in Bikaner, Alwar, Bhilwara and Chittorgarh. Cold wave conditions in Alwar, Pilani, Sikar, Churu and Sriganganagar affected normal life.

Meanwhile,  air quality in the Delhi-NCR region, is likely to remain in the severe category as the ongoing cold wave is forecast to continue and moist conditions have increased the air’s capacity to hold particulate matter. Under severe air pollution levels, people are advised to avoid all outdoor physical activity.