December 2019 Is The Second Coldest Month Since 1901
Enveloped in dense fog, it is the fourth time between 1901 and 2018 that Delhi witnessed a cold December. This month, the average temperature of the national capital remained either equal to or less than 20 degrees Celsius.
Cold wave in Delhi
The national capital shivers in the cold wave that it witnessed in 1919, 1929, 1961 and 1997. These were the four occasions when Delhi braved coldest December. In 2019, the weather office sounded a red alert regarding the fog. The commuters were seen driving with their emergency and hazard lights on. Also, the traffic moved at a snail’s pace.
Traffic disruption due to fog
Road traffic is the worst hit due to low visibility that remained below 50 meters. 16 flights are diverted to safe places and as many trains are running late due to rough weather conditions. The weather office has predicted light rains with hailstorm on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Coldest December in Delhi
With the average minimum temperature remaining around 19.15 degree Celsius, the 2019 December could be the coldest month of the year since 1997 when the average minimum temperature was 17.3 degree Celsius. Also, it is the second coldest month since 1901.
At 2.6 degree Celsius, Delhi becomes colder Shimla that recorded a minimum temperature of 3.6 degree Celsius. The flights at the Delhi Airport are operating under CAT III B conditions that are used when the runway visual range (RVR) is between 50 meters and 175 meters. Several parts of Delhi are covered with dense fog.