DELHI SHIVERS THROUGH COLDEST DECEMBER DAY IN 16 YEARS

By Cap Allon 

Delhi, India suffered its coldest December day in 16 years on Monday, with the metropolitan area warned to brace for similar chills throughout the week.

Low cloud cover and brutal northwesterly winds combined to sink the mercury in India’s capital territory to its lowest December levels since 2003.

Monday’s daily maximum reached just 12.9C (55.2F) — a whopping 10.3C below the average for the time of year, and a mere 0.3C off 2003’s record set on Dec 25, according to timesofindia.com.

India’s met office reported Monday as a “severe cold day.”

“Very low cloud cover across the northern plains blocked sunlight and strong winds raised the windchill factor,” explained the agency.

Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD said: “The dense fog in the plains has not lifted completely and got trapped in the cloud cover. What made it really chilly was extremely cold winds from [the very snowy] Himachal Pradesh and J&K.”

R K Jenamani, head of the met at the IGI airport, said a number of places in northwestern India recorded their coldest ever December daytime temperatures on Monday — along with Deli, “very low maximum temperatures” were recorded across Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, northern Rajasthan and parts of west-Uttar Pradesh as well.

The Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand was blanketed in deep snow after heavy falls this week.

While in Himachal, some 292 roads and four National Highways have been blocked due to the snow, which has thrown normal life out of gear, reports the Indian Meteorological Department.

The met office has warned residents of these regions to brace for similar frigid weather over the coming days — lows of 7C (44.6F) are expected in Deli throughout the week, as the anomalous cold lingers into late December.

The cold times are returning in line with historically low solar activity.

The sun’s output is now at a space age low, and cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays are at an all-time high.

NASA has recently revealed this upcoming solar cycle (25) will be “the weakest of the past 200 years,” and they’ve correlated previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.

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