Snowfall in Himalayas rushes winter freeze to Delhi

The snowfall in the Himalayan region has been on time this year. As a result, the winter chill has come in faster in Delhi as compared to the last year.

On December 5 last year, the day temperature was 27 degrees Celsius. This year, it has been recorded at 22.6 degrees, two degrees below normal. And the weatherman has predicted a regular dip in the maximum temperture from now, so by Thursday it is likely to be hover around 20 degrees Celsius.

The nights, too, have witnessed a constant fall of mercury with Sunday morning being recorded as the coldest morning of the season so far. Compared to Saturday's 8.6, Sunday's minimum stood at 8.2 degrees three degrees colder than last year.

The Met department has, however, added a warm note saying the night temperature will not fall further at least over the next four days. "Due to haze and high moisture, the day temperatures will fall but night temperatures will remain constant. It will start dipping from next week," said the weatherman at the Safdarjung Met department

In 2009, temperatures began dipping to the present levels after December 15 as the snowfall in Himalayan region was delayed.

The freeze is not limited to Delhi or Jammu and Kashmir only. On Sunday, Amritsar, Patiala and even Lucknow reported low minimum temperatures ranging between 5 and 8 degrees Celsius.

The lowest ever minimum temperature in December was recorded in 1945 when it went down to 1.1 degrees Celsius on December 26.

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