Marginal respite from cold wave
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Last Updated: Monday, January 02, 2012, 19:01
New Delhi: There was a marginal respite from the cold wave as minimum temperatures rose slightly on Monday after rains ushered in a wet new year yesterday across North India.

The minimum temperature across the Kashmir Valley rose by several degrees even though it remained below the freezing point with Leh town recording a chilling minus 17.2 degrees Celsius.

Leh had yesterday recorded this season's lowest of minus 18.8 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, witnessed a freezing minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, which was an increase of 1.3 degrees from yesterday, the official said.

The summer capital yesterday recorded 4.9 degrees Celsius, which for the second time was this season's lowest temperature here.

The south Kashmir resort of Pahalgam recorded an increase of three degrees in the night temperatures as the minimum there rose from yesterday's minus 7.0 degree Celsius to minus 3.0 degree Celsius, he said.

The north Kashmir skiing resort of Gulmarg, the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7.6 degree Celsius, an increase of 0.4 degree as compared to the previous night, the official said.

After a rainy night, Delhiites woke up to a warmer but cloudy morning with minimum temperature settling five degree Celsius above normal at 11.6 degree Celsius.

Today's minimum was up by over three degrees from yesterday's 8.4 degrees, the MeT Department said. Yesterday, the maximum was at 19.5 degree Celsius.


First Published: Monday, January 02, 2012, 19:01

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