Delhi shivers as temperature dips, homeless take refuge in night shelters

Avatar Written by December 22, 2018 07:59

New Delhi: Cold wave conditions gripped the national capital with the minimum temperature dipping to 4.7 degree Celsius, which is three degrees below the normal at this time of the year.

The night shelters, locally called ‘raine baseras‘, are run by the state government, where the homeless can spend the cold nights. “For daily wage labourers like me, renting a room is not feasible in a city like Delhi and every single day in the cold weather is the real challenge,” Nusrat, who spends her nights at a shelter in Sarai Kale Khan, told news agency ANI.

At 4.7 degrees Celsius on Friday, Delhi witnessed a slight increase in the minimum temperature from Thursday which was the coldest day of the season for the city at 4 degrees Celsius.

Weather department officials said the minimum temperature Friday was three notches below the season’s average while humidity was recorded at 89 per cent at 8.30 am.

They forecast clear skies through the day with the maximum temperature likely to hover around 22 degrees Celsius.

There is a possibility of mist on Saturday morning with haze/smog likely to prevail thereafter.

On Thursday, Delhi recorded its coldest December day in the last four years at 4 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature was 22.3 degrees Celsius.

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