Cold wave intensifies in north India, icy winds chill Delhi

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 18:50

New Delhi: Cold wave intensified in most
parts of north India on Wednesday with mercury falling in Punjab,
Haryana and Chandigarh and the minimum temperature dipping to
5.2 degrees Celsius in the national capital where icy winds
from snow-capped mountains added to the discomfort of the
people.

In Jammu and Kashmir too mercury dipped by a few notches,
but the temperature rose slightly in parts of Rajasthan.
Cold wave tightened its grip in parts of Punjab, Haryana
and Chandigarh where the mercury fell by up to six notches
below normal.

In Amritsar, the minimum temperature was 0.6 deg C --
three degrees below normal, the Met office said.

The plains of Ludhiana and Patiala recorded a low of 3.6 C
and 3.1 deg C respectively, with minimum temperature dropping
by up to four degrees below normal.

In Haryana, Ambala recorded a low of 1.3 deg C, six
degrees below normal, while Chandigarh shivered at 3.8 deg C.

Clear sky over Jammu and Kashmir led to severe cold wave
in most parts of the state with minimum temperature in Kargil
slipping to minus 14.4 deg C against minus 13.2 deg C
yesterday, met office said. In the nearby Leh district, the
night temperature was minus 9.4 deg C.
Pahalgam in south Kashmir continued to be the coldest
place in the valley with a low of minus 5.3 deg C as against
minus 4.5 deg C yesterday.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, recorded a low
of minus 3.4 deg C as compared to minus 2.3 deg C yesterday.

In Jammu region, Banihal was the coldest place with a
minimum of minus 1.9 deg C. In Jammu, the night temperature
dipped to 4.4 deg C as against 5.2 deg C yesterday. Katra, the
base camp for Mata Vaishnodevi cave shrine, recorded a low of
6.4 deg C.

However, in Rajasthan mercury rose by a few notches, but
Mt Abu remained the coldest place in the state with a minimum
temperature of 4 deg C early this morning.

The national capital continued to reel under cold wave
conditions following snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and
Himachal Pradesh.
Icy winds from the snow-capped mountains in the northern
states added to the chill and people preferred to remain
indoors. A thin layer of fog also engulfed the city skyline in
the morning reducing the visibility to 500 metres.

The Met department has forecast fog in the morning
tomorrow with the maximum and minimum temperatures likely to
hover around 21 and five degrees respectively.

The Met office has also forecast, cold wave conditions,
mist and fog in various parts of Punjab and Haryana.

Mercury dropped marginally in Shimla because of cold winds
while higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh continued to reel
under sub-zero temperature.

Keylong, the headquarters of Lahaul & Spiti district,
recorded night temperature of minus 6.4 deg C, making it the
coldest place in the state.

In Uttarakhand, dry cold conditions continued with state
capital Dehra Dun recording a minimum temperature of 5 deg C.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 18:50

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