Delhi super cool, but temparature will rise ahead
Thursday, Jan 6 2011 9:43PM IST
Thursday's maximum temperature was 14.5 degrees Celsius, six notches below the average for this time of the season, while the minimum was at 5.3 degrees, two notches below average as per an official of the IMD.Chilly winds from the northern region kept temperatures below average here Thursday, but the weatherman has predicted a slight respite in the coming days as the temperature will rise ahead.According to the weather office, Friday would be a clear day with chilly and foggy mornings and evening.However, people can expect some relief in the coming days."For the past one week, cold conditions have prevailed due to icy winds coming from northern hills, but now this is replaced by western winds. So citizens can expect mild sunshine and the chilly wave would be less severe, " the IMD official said.IMD official added that the chilly winds were the result of some heavy snowfall in the hilly regions of Himalayas."The wind direction is expected to change from Friday, as a result of which minimum temperature will remain around 5 degrees Celsius and maximum will hover around 15 degrees for the next few days, " the IMD official said.According to a Delhi government official, three people have died due to intense cold in the capital since the last week of December.Tuesday was Delhi's coldest day of this winter season. The minimum temperature plummeted to 3.7 degrees Celsius while the maximum did not rise above 12.7 degrees, the season's lowest in both cases.The worst hit are the homeless, who take refuge in night shelters.There are at least 86 temporary night shelters in Delhi, against 24 last year, run by various non-governmental organisations. Sixty-four permanent night shelters are being run by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), which functions under the Delhi government.Although the Delhi government claims the homeless are taken care of, activists say the night shelters are inadequate as there are over 1.5 lakh homeless people in the capital.