Cold back in North India

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 18:47

New Delhi: The cold wave made a comeback
across North India on Tuesday with minimum temperatures dipping
even as fog disrupted normal life in the region.

It was a sunny but cold morning for Delhiites as the
minimum temperature dropped by nearly four degrees while a
layer of fog covered the city in the early hours.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 7.9 degree
Celsius, one degree above normal and 3.7 degrees less than
yesterday`s 11.6 degree Celsius.

The maximum temperature in the last 24 hours was recorded
at 19.7 degree Celsius which is one degree below normal for
this time of the year.
There was a shallow fog cover over the city for sometime
in the morning but it did not have much impact on flight
operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Residents of Kashmir Valley got some respite from intense
cold as night temperatures rose by a couple of degrees but
stayed below the freezing point across the region.

The minimum temperature in Leh town in the remote Ladakh
region rose by almost three degrees to settle at minus 14.6
degrees Celsius, while in nearby Kargil town the night
temperature was recorded at minus 14.4 degrees Celsius, a MeT
department official said.

The Disaster Management Cell has forecast snowfall
tomorrow and day after.

Leh town on Sunday recorded this season`s lowest
temperature at minus 18.8 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir,
witnessed an increase of 1.1 degrees to settle at minus 2.5
degrees Celsius, the official said.
The south Kashmir resort of Pahalgam recorded a minus 4.4
degrees Celsius, while north Kashmir skiing resort of Gulmarg,
the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during
winters, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 8.0 degrees
Celsius.

Punjab and Haryana were enveloped in a thick blanket of
fog even as the minimum temperatures dipped.

Fog reduced visibility at many places in Punjab including
Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar and Moga. In Haryana,
Hisar, Rohtak, Karnal, Ambala, Panipat and Kurukshetra
experienced fog.

Fog also made its first appearance in Chandigarh, with
visibility levels dropping considerably in the southern
sectors of the city in the morning, while the situation was
better in the northern sectors.

Several trains passing through the two states were also
reported running late on account of foggy weather.

Amritsar was the coldest place in the two states
recording a minimum temperature of two degree Celsius, one
degree below normal.

Ludhiana, too, experienced a cold night at 4.5 degree
Celsius, down one, while the low at Patiala settled at 6.1
degree Celsius.

Chandigarh`s minimum was recorded at 7.2 degree Celsius.

In Haryana, cold weather prevailed in Hisar, where the
minimum was 4.1 degree Celsius, down one degree. Rohtak was
also cold at 4.9 degree Celsius, while respective minimums at
Karnal and Ambala were 6 degree Celsius and 8.8 degree
Celsius.

Rajasthan remained in the grip of a cold wave with Churu
recording the lowest temperature of 2.7 degrees Celsius.

Sikar recorded a low of 4.2 degree Celsius, while Bikaner
had a minimum of 5.3 degree Celsius.

Pilani and Phalodi had a minimum of 5.4 degree Celsius
and 5.5 degree Celsius. While, Sun City Jodhpur recorded a low
of 6.4 degrees Celsius.

Other places in the state also recorded night
temperatures in the range of 7.1 degrees Celsius to 11 degrees
Celsius, according to the MeT department here.

Minimum temperatures across the region had risen slightly
yesterday after rains ushered in a wet new year.

In the east, Kolkata had a maximum of 25 degree celsius,
two motches above normal and a minimum of 17 degree celsius,
three notches above normal.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 18:47

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