Cold wave intensifies in north India, icy winds chill Delhi
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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.


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

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