The absence of cloud cover is one of the major contributing reasons for such low minimum temperatures this time

The nation’s capital experienced one of the coldest Octobers in 58 years..

The minimum temperature recorded in the month of October in Delhi was 17.2 degrees Celsius as opposed to the normal 19.1 degrees Celsius. This is actually the lowest since 1962 when it was 16.9 degrees Celsius, added IMD.

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Just on Thursday, the national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 12.5 degrees Celsius. This is also the lowest in the month of October in 26 years. The last time Delhi recorded such a low temperature was on October 31, 1994.

According to IMD the normal temperature for this time of the year is 15-16 degrees Celsius. The head of IMD’s regional forecasting center, Kuldeep Srivastava said that the absence of cloud cover is one of the major contributing reasons for such low minimum temperatures this time.

This is because the clouds trap some of the outgoing infrared radiation and then bounces it back downward thereby warming the ground.

Yet another reason could be because of the calm winds which allow the formation of mist and fog, he added.

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