Respite for North India from extreme cold

Last Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 18:55

New Delhi: There was some respite for North
India from the cold wave on Sunday with minimum temperatures
rising slightly even as snow and rains lashed the region.

Fresh snowfall across Kashmir brought some respite to
residents of the valley from the extreme cold wave as minimum
temperatures rose by several degrees.

The snowfall resulted in a sharp increase in minimum
temperature across the valley.

Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.5
degrees Celsius, which was 4.3 degrees more than yesterday`s
record-breaking minus 7.8 degrees Celsius.

Similarly, Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir,
recorded an increase of 7.8 degrees Celsius in minimum
temperature to settle at minus 5.2 degrees.

The snowfall and subsequent rains in south of Pir Panjal
mountain range, however, led to complete closure of the
Srinagar-Jammu National Highway again, that was recently
opened for partial traffic after remaining closed due to heavy
snowfall.

Giving respite to residents braving bitter chill,
temperatures in Punjab and Haryana went up by a few notches
due to moderate to heavy rains that lashed many parts of the
two states.

Rains lashed the Union Territory of Chandigarh since
early this morning, taking the temperature to 6.2 degree
Celsius.

In Haryana`s Ambala, mercury went up a notch above normal
and was recorded at 7.2 degree Celsius owing to light rains.

Bhiwani and Hisar, which witnessed light showers, recorded
minimums of 6.6 and 5.4 degree Celsius. Similarly Karnal, that
also received moderate rainfall, settled above normal at 7.1
degree Celsius.

In Punjab, most of the places received rains including
Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Ropar, Mohali, Patiala, Jalandhar,
Ludhiana and Amritsar.

The minimum at Amritsar, which had been reeling under
intense cold for the past over a week, rose by three notches
above normal to settle at 6.6 degree Celsius.

After a couple of chilly days with mercury remaining at
below normal levels, the temperature has risen above normal
levels today. The minimum at 9.5 degree celsius is two degrees
above normal.

The MeT office had predicted dense fog in the morning but
belying the predictions, it was a clear and sunny day.

Night temperatures increased by few notches in several
parts of Rajasthan too, giving much-needed relief to people
reeling under intense cold wave for the past few days.

Sikar recorded the lowest temperature of 3.8 degrees
Celsius followed by Churu where mercury stood at 4.4 degrees
Celsius, Met department sources said.

Mount Abu, Chittoragrh, Sawaimadhiopur and Vanasthali
recorded minimums of 5, 5.6, 5.8 and 5.9 degrees Celsius
respectively, they said, adding that night temperature in
other parts of the state was between 6.8 to 13.2 degrees
Celsius.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 18:55

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