New Delhi: North India on Friday continued to shiver under cold conditions as icy winds swept across the region and mild snowfall occurred in Himachal Pradesh hills.
Delhiites woke up to a chilly morning with icy winds sweeping through the city. However, as the day progressed bright sun shine brought some relief to the people.
The minimum temperature in the national capital stood at three points below the season's average at 6.2 degrees Celsius while the maximum was recorded at 19.6 degrees, two notches below normal. Humidity oscillated between 91 and 32 per cent.
Due to foggy conditions in morning, 20 north-bound trains were running later, said a Northern Railway official.
Meanwhile, intensive cold wave prevailed in the tribal and high altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh with sub-zero temperatures and moderate snowfall recorded in most parts.
Keylong and Kalpa in Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts experienced the coldest night of the season with minimum temperatures dipping by three to five points to settle at minus 14.2 and minus 8.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Famous tourist resort of Manali also recorded the lowest temperature at minus 6.6 degrees Celsius, while high altitude tribal areas reeled under piercing cold wave as the mercury settled between minus 17 and minus 28 degrees Celsius.
State capital Shimla and Solan groaned under frigid conditions with the minimum temperatures recorded at minus 0.6 and minus 0.5 degrees, respectively. Dharamsala registered a temperature of 4.2 degrees Celsius.
Tribal areas and other higher hills experienced another spell of moderate snowfall and?Tissa and Manali recorded 18 cm and 10 cm of snow. Mid and lower hills experienced scattered rains and Bajaura recorded 8 mm rains.
Severe cold also engulfed Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of culmination of the 40-day harshest winter period 'Chillai- Kalan' as night temperatures dipped further below the freezing point at most places in the Valley and frontier Ladakh region.
However, sunny morning - witnessed during the most part of this season - provided much needed relief to the denizens of summer capital Srinagar and other places.
Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir recorded the coldest night of the season so far at minus 11.2 degrees. Kargil in Ladakh region was the coldest recorded place in the state at minus 17.0 degrees Celsius. The hill resort along with most parts of the Valley including Srinagar experienced snowfall yesterday.