New Delhi: Dense fog coupled with intense cold conditions on Tuesday added to the woes of people as northern India continues to reel under the cold wave that has claimed
eleven lives so far.
The famous Dal Lake and other water bodies partially froze as the cold wave showed no signs of relenting in the Kashmir Valley.
In the last fifty years, the Dal Lake had completely frozen twice -- 1964 and 1986.
The J&K government has activated district snow control rooms with snowfall expected in the next two days.
The minimum temperature recorded in Srinagar was minus
5.9 deg C. Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded night temperatures of
minus 6.4 deg C and minus 6 deg C, respectively.
Ladakh region also saw the cold wave further intensify
with night temperature in Leh falling to minus 16 deg C and
nearby Kargil recording minus 12.0 deg Celsius.
Light rain brought the day temperature to 15 deg C
from yesterday`s 21 deg C in the national capital, which was
engulfed by fog.
Four persons died in different parts of Uttar Pradesh
as cold wave tightened its grip in the state, taking the death
toll to 11 this season.
Seven deaths were earlier reported from Muzaffarnagar,
Temperature has dropped by several degrees in
Gorakhpur and Varanasi division, with heavy fog in the morning
and night at a number of places, a Met official said.
In Gorakhpur, the minimum temperature was around 6.2
deg Celsius, four degrees below normal, whereas Sultanpur
recorded a minimum of 5.8 deg C, three notches below normal.
Lucknow recorded a minimum of 7.2 deg C.
Heavy fog affected life in Punjab and Haryana for the
second consecutive day, hitting road, rail and air traffic as
cold wave sweeping the two states further intensified.
Amritsar in Punjab and Union Territory Chandigarh
recorded the season`s coldest night so far in the state,
recording respective minimums of 0.8 deg C and 4 deg C, three
degrees below normal each, the MeT said here.
Zero visibility prevailed at many places in the region
early today as fog engulfed several places in the two states
including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Rohtak, Bhiwani,
Kurukshetra and Karnal.
There was no let up in biting chill at other places in
Punjab, with Ludhiana shivering at a minimum of 1.5 deg C,
five below normal, while Patiala registered a low of 4.5 deg
C, down one notch.
Fog and chill would prevail in the region over the
next two days, the MeT said.
Churu in Rajasthan was the coldest place in the state
with a minimum of 3.7 deg Cel.
Sri Ganganagar recorded a low of 4 deg C while
Jaisalmer and Bikaner recorded minimum temperature of 9.4 and
10.9 deg C, respectively.