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Winds add chill to cold in Capital.

ICY winds from the snowcapped mountains in the north are causing bone- chilling cold in the plains, including the national capital. Meteorological officials said the chill that Delhiites are feeling nowadays is because of the wind- chill factor ( the perceived decrease in air temperature felt by the body due to the flow of air).

" The coming week is going to be very cold. There may be thunderstorms and high wind chills. Two spells of rains would be witnessed in the next week making the Capital colder... The city would also witness squalls that are likely to disrupt flights," said Dr. Rajendra Kumar Jenamani, director in- Charge, Meteorological Watch Office, IMD. The IMD recently conducted a study on squalls in Delhi. Scientists did a statistical analysis of 10 years ( 1996- 2005) squall data of IGI and Safdarjung airports. About 324 squalls lashed Delhi, it revealed, out of which 184 were recorded at IGI Airport and 140 at Safdarjung Airport.

Wind chill was recorded at 18 on Friday and the IMD has predicted that it may reach 19 on Sunday making the city colder.

" Because of the winds, humans can feel around 3- 4 degrees colder than it actually is. The cold, dry winds coming from the mountains are leading to a slight fall in temperature but people would feel colder than it actually is. Generally, we count wind chill factor for the temperatures lower than 10 degrees Celsius and winds with speeds of 4.8 kmph or more," said a senior IMD official.

In the Capital, the maximum temperature on Friday plunged below 13 degrees Celsius as the city shivered under overcast conditions with a cold breeze adding to the chill. While the minimum temperature settled at 8 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal, the maximum was recorded at 12.9 deg C, which was seven notches below normal.

" A fresh western disturbance would affect northwest and central India from January 21 and would cause rain and snow at a few places over western Himalayan region and rain or thundershowers at isolated places over northwest and central India," said the official.

The IMD has predicted dense to very dense fog over Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi and UP from Sunday onwards.

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