New Delhi: People of Delhi woke up to a icy cold New Year’s morning as the mercury plummeted to 1.1 degrees celsius, the lowest in 15 years. Cold wave conditions continue to persist in Delhi with dense fog reducing the visibility in most parts of the national capital on Friday morning.Also Read - Delhi Covid Big Update: Govt Likely To Make First Covid Vaccine Dose Mandatory For Entry To Public Places

As per an NDTV report,  the minimum of 1.1 degrees celsius was recorded by the Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city. On January 8, 2006, the city had recorded a minimum of 0.2 degree celsius. Also Read - 'Why Are Children Going To School And Adults Working From Home?': SC Chides Delhi Govt on Pollution

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre, told NDTV, ”The minimum temperature of 1.1 degrees Celsius is the coldest in 15 years. In 2006, the temperature dipped to 0.2 degrees celsius. Cold wave conditions will persist today but the temperature will rise from tomorrow.” Also Read - Mandatory RT-PCR Test, 14-Day Quarantine: How Airports Across Country Gearing up to Tackle Omicron Variant | Key Points 

Meanwhile, thick fog enveloping the city reduced visibility in many parts:

India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its daily bulletin issued on December 31 at 9.00 pm, said that cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are likely to persist in isolated places over Delhi during next 2 days. IMD also said that dense to very dense fog is very likely in some pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi during the next 2 days.

“Ground Frost conditions in isolated pockets very likely over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and north Rajasthan during next 24 hours,” it said.

Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) also remained between the ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’ category on Friday morning. The national capital’s overall AQI stands at 332 said Ministry of Earth Science’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

An AQI between 0-50 is marked good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101- 200 is moderate, 201- 300 is poor, 301-400 is very poor and 401-500 is considered severe.