New Delhi: Parts of the national capital received a spell of rainfall on Sunday morning. With this, both the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to dip further in the city, which is already battling a bone-chilling cold. The Indian Meteorological Department has also issued an ‘orange alert’ for Monday, due to the chances of hailstorm activity.Also Read - Cyclone Jawad To Weaken Into Deep Depression, Says IMD; Odisha, Andhra Begin Evacuation | Key Points

“Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rainfall to occur over some parts of South-Delhi (Ayanagar, Deramandi, Tughalkabad ), and some districts of Haryana”, said the IMD. Also Read - Cyclone Jawad: UGC-NET Exam Postponed In Odisha, Andhra; New Datesheet To Be Uploaded Later

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Yesterday, parts of the national capital received light rain, while the minimum temperature rose to 7 degrees Celsius due to a cloud cover over the city.

On Friday, the mercury plummeted to 1.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest in 15 years for January, and “very dense” fog lowered visibility to “zero” metres. On January 8, 2006, the city had recorded a minimum of 0.2 degree Celsius. The all-time record is minus 0.6 degree Celsius registered in January 1935.

The lowest minimum temperature recorded in January last year was 2.4 degrees Celsius, the IMD said.

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre, said the minimum temperature has started rising under the influence of the “intense” western disturbance, which will affect northwest India till January 6.