Several places in North India experienced the coldest day of the winter on December 2, as the mercury dipped below the season's average, with Leh recording a minimum temperature of -14.4 degrees Celsius.
Delhi experienced chilly winds on Monday morning which brought the minimum temperature down to 8 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average and the lowest for the season so far. The relative humidity on Monday was recorded at 85 per cent.
'At 8 degree, Delhi recorded lowest temperature of the season. May drop further to 7 degree in coming days. Winter chill is here,' Mr. Mahesh Palawat, vice president, meteorology and climate change, Skymet said.
On Sunday, the minimum temperature in the Capital was 9.4 degrees Celsius while the maximum was recorded at 23.4 degrees Celsius. Leh continued to remain the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir at minus 14.4 degrees Celsius as cold further tightened its grip on the Union Territory.
On Sunday, Leh had recorded a low of -13.2 degrees Celsius. Srinagar recorded the coldest night at -2.5 degrees Celsius, 1.6 notches below the season's average, the meteorological department said.
The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, which experienced several feet of snow on various occasions last month, was the coldest place in the valley with a low of -7 degrees Celsius. However, the sun shone bright on Monday morning in both Kashmir and Jammu regions.
The minimum temperature in snow-bound Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir improved by nearly 1 notch to settle at -5.8 degrees Celsius while Kupwara of north Kashmir recorded a low of -3.7 degrees Celsius.