New Delhi: A brutal cold wave swept Delhi on Thursday with the minimum temperature dropping to the season’s lowest of three degrees Celsius. As frosty winds from the snow-clad Himalayas barrelled through the plains, including the national capital, people in the city were reported to have confined themselves to the comforts of their homes.
The visibility levels in the city was reported at 50 metres around 5:30 am.
The Safdarjung observatory, Delhi’s primary weather station, logged a minimum temperature of three degrees Celsius as against 4.4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and 8.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
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The weather stations at Lodhi Road, Ayanagar and Ridge recorded minimum temperatures of 2.8 degrees Celsius, 2.2 degrees Celsius and 2.8 degrees Celsius, respectively.
The cold snap is expected to strain power grids and pose challenges to the homeless.
The meteorological office had on Wednesday issued an orange alert for Delhi-NCR for Thursday and Friday.
The India Meteorological Department uses four colour codes for weather warnings — green (no action needed), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action).