New Delhi: A pleasant morning today greeted
Delhi, Punjab and Haryana with the mercury rising by more than
a degree to settle at normal level even as cold conditions
continued unabated in other parts of northern India.
Delhi recorded minimum 7.7 degree C, up from yesterday`s
low of 6.1 deg C.
Though a shallow fog cover was seen in the early hours,
it gave way to a mild sun as the day progressed.
Cold conditions relented in Punjab and Haryana with
minimum temperatures rising by up to two notches above normal
in the region.
In Haryana, Ambala recorded a low of 9 deg C, while it
was 8.2 deg C in Hisar and 7.4 deg C in Karnal.
Amritsar at minimum 4.5 deg C was the coldest place in
Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two neighbouring
states, settled at minimum 7.3 deg C, one degree above normal.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir continued to be in the grip
of biting cold wave.
Kargil in Ladakh was the coldest place in the region with
the mercury settling at minimum -16 deg C.
Mercury plunged by 2.5 degrees in Leh to settle at a low
of -11.4 deg C.
Elsewhere, Srinagar recorded minimum -5.3 deg C, Pahalgam
-10.2 deg C and Qazigund -8 deg C. Gulmarg at -10.5 deg C was
the coldest place in Kashmir valley.
Sriganganagar at minimum 6.4 deg C was the coldest place
Dabok recorded 9 deg C followed by Jaipur at 9.2 deg C
and Churu at 10.1 deg C.
Intense cold wave gripped mid and higher reaches of
Himachal Pradesh even as the day temperature rose marginally
in the lower regions.
Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti and and Kalpa in Kinnaur
districts recorded a low of -13.7 deg C and -5 deg C
The state capital Shimla recorded a low of 3.2 deg C,
while it was 1.5 deg C in Bhuntar and 2.0 deg C in Sundenagar.