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Biting chill across North India

Biting chill and icy winds continued to trouble north India as temperatures remained below normal in most places across the region.



New Delhi: Biting chill and icy winds
continued to trouble north India as temperatures remained
below normal in most places across the region.

In the capital, the minimum temperature was recorded at
4.6 degree Celsius, which is three degrees below normal at
this time of the season.

The maximum temperature also remained well below normal,
the MeT office said.

The Weatherman has predicted similar weather conditions
for Thursday.

There was no respite for residents of Kashmir as mercury
across the Valley remained below the freezing point for the
third consecutive day on Wednesday.

In the summer capital Srinagar, the minimum temperature
was recorded at minus 3.3 degrees Celsius, a decrease of 0.5
degrees from last night, a MeT official said.

Srinagar city yesterday recorded the maximum temperature
of minus 1.0 degrees Celsius which was the coldest day in many
years.

North Kashmir`s Gulmarg resort recorded a low of minus
14.8 degrees Celsius, an increase of 1.4 degrees from last
night.

In Pahalgam resort of south Kashmir, mercury touched a
low of minus 10.7 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Residents of the Valley have been making extra efforts to
keep themselves warm from the extreme weather using more
woolens and burning small fires by roadsides to shield from
the cold.

Water supply was severely affected as the chilling
weather froze the supply pipes to houses.

Meanwhile, mercury in Leh town of remote Ladakh region
had plunged to an extreme minus 18.4 degrees Celsius while the
minimum temperature in adjoining Kargil district was recorded
at minus 17.4 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Cold wave conditions prevailed in Uttar Pradesh too
despite a bright sunshine towards the afternoon providing some
relief.

MeT office sources said that moderate to severe cold wave
occurred at a few pockets over west Uttar Pradesh. The weather
was mainly dry in the state.

Night temperatures fell appreciably in Varanasi,
Faizabad, Lucknow, Jhansi divisions. They were below normal
in Jhansi, Agra, Moradabad, Meerut, Kanpur and Bareilly
divisions, the sources said.

The lowest minimum temperature in the state was recorded
at Agra at 1.2 Degree Celsius, they said adding cold wave
conditions would continue at few places during the next 48
hours and fog would also occur at a few pockets over the
state.

Mercury plunged in parts of Rajasthan with Churu being
the coldest recording a night temperature of minus 0.2 degrees
Celsius.

Pilani was the second coldest with a minimum of 1.9
degrees Celsius, according to met department here.
Vanasthali, Sawaimadhopur, Jaipur and Bundi recorded
a minimum of 2.2, 2.9, 4.1 and 4.5 degrees Celsius
respectively, it said.

Other places in the state recorded night temperatures in
the range of 5.5 degree Celsius to 8.8 degree Celsius.

A similar chill prevailed in Punjab, Haryana and
Chandigarh with Amritsar remaining at sub-zero temperature.

Amritsar, which had yesterday recorded a low of minus 2
degree Celsius, registered a low of minus 0.4 degree Celsius
today, down four notches from the normal level, the MeT
department here said.

Patiala, too, experienced a cold night at 4.5 degree
Celsius while Ludhiana`s low settled at 5.6 degree Celsius.

Chandigarh recorded a low of five degree Celsius.

In Haryana, Hisar was the coldest place recording a
minimum of 1.8 degree Celsius, down four notches, while
Narnaul, too, recorded a similar minimum at 1.9 degree
Celsius.

Rohtak and Bhiwani also experienced the chill recording
respective below normal minimums of 3.7 degree Celsius and 2
degree Celsius.

PTI

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