New Delhi: A warm New Year disappointed Delhiites, with the maximum temperature settling five notches above the season's average at 24.1 degrees Celsius, comparatively hotter than the chilly winter experienced every year. The weather office has forecast similar weather for the next few days.
Revellers were seen just wearing one sweater while riding motor bikes in many parts of the city, unusual from past years.
"It was really a warm day. I was riding my bike wearing only one sweater without any warm inner. For the safety from the weather's sudden change, I had my jacket in the bag, but it was not needed," Akshay Saxena, a young executive in an IT firm in Noida told IANS.
A 35-year-old man, who had come to celebrate New Year at India Gate, told IANS: "I had taken leave to celebrate the occasion but it was not so enjoyable due to warm day. Every year we had to wear sweater and jacket on the occasion which really adds different charm for the day specially for me."
Met office, however, told IANS, "In the comparison of last few years, the day was warm. The city experienced 5 to 13 degrees Celsius maximum temperature on the day in last few years. This week was really very warm with the maximum temperature ranging between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius."
The weather office said that Friday's minimum temperature had a slight fall with one notch below the season's average at 6.6 degrees Celsius while the maximum humidity was recorded 100 percent.
"Saturday morning would be foggy while the sky would be remain partly cloudy throughout the day," an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 24 and 7 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Thursday's maximum temperature was recorded at 25.1 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average while the minimum temperature settled at 8.2 degrees Celsius, one notch above the seasons average.