New Delhi: The national capital continues to be in the grip of the cold wave since last few days with temperature dropped to 3.6 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest of this season. The Met department said, “The minimum temperature was recorded at 3.6 degree Celsius, four notches below the season’s average. It is the lowest temperature recorded so far this year.”

Notably, on December 23, the minimum temperature was recorded at 3.7 degrees Celsius. It is expected to dip to 3.0 degrees Celsius after December 28.

However, the weatherman has predicted clear skies throughout the day on Wednesday and the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 20 degrees Celsius. According to the Met department, humidity level recorded at 8.30 am was 97 per cent.

On Tuesday, the minimum temperature had settled at 5.0 degrees Celsius. Flights operation was also disrupted due to intense cold wave conditions. But on Wednesday, the flights were running as per the schedule.

Meanwhile, the national capital is also battling with severe air quality. Under severe air pollution levels, people are advised to avoid all outdoor physical activity.

In Srinagar, parts of iconic dal lake are frozen due to cold wave conditions in the region. On Sunday, Srinagar also experienced the coldest night in 11 years. Water supply lines have also frozen.

In Himachal Pradesh, the mercury plunged 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.