Chilly morning in Delhi-NCR with clear skies, strong winds forecast

Delhi-NCR woke up to a chilly morning on Wednesday but without any fog over the national capital. The meteorological department has forecast strong surface winds of 20-30 kmph over the next two days.

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Delhi-NCR woke up to a cold morning on Wednesday, though no fog was seen over the national capital and adjoining states.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast mainly clear skies for Wednesday with morning mist. Minimum and maximum temperatures are expected around 7 and 21 degrees Celsius respectively.

On Tuesday, the IMD said Delhi is likely to experience strong surface winds of 20-30 kmph during the day over the next two days.

Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist and head of the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, told PTI that upcoming days will see clear skies in the capital with no major temperature fluctuations.

"There will be strong surface winds of 20-30 kmph on Wednesday and Thursday. After 10 February we can expect temperature changes, but until then, no major fluctuations," Srivastava said.

On Tuesday, Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, two below normal, while air quality improved significantly to 'moderate' category.

Snowfall In Hilly States

Meanwhile, intense cold wave conditions continued in Kashmir on Tuesday with minimum temperatures several degrees below freezing at most places.

Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir, the base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of minus 11 degrees Celsius and was the coldest place in the valley overnight.

In Gulmarg ski resort in north Kashmir, the mercury fell to minus 10.5 degrees Celsius from the previous night's minus 10 degrees Celsius.

In Himachal Pradesh, over 470 roads, including four national highways, remained closed on Tuesday after snowfall and rain in several parts. The state centre said 473 roads were closed while 398 transformers and 38 water supply schemes were disrupted.

January was the driest in Himachal Pradesh in 17 years with 6.8 mm rain against a normal 85.3 mm, a 92% deficit, according to the IMD.