Cold wave sweeps across north India

Srinagar recorded its lowest temperature of the season with famous Dal Lake witnessing a thin layer of ice on its surface on Tuesday as a cold wave sweeping across several parts of northern region continued unabated.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 22:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Srinagar recorded its lowest
temperature of the season with famous Dal Lake witnessing a
thin layer of ice on its surface on Tuesday as a cold wave sweeping
across several parts of northern region continued unabated.

The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir experienced the
coldest night this winter recording minus 6.2 degrees Celsius,
which was four notches below normal, a Met official said.
Due to dip in temperature in the Valley, a thin layer of
ice was formed on the water bodies including the Dal Lake.

Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir, which serves as
the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, registered a
minimum temperature of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius, while famous
ski resort of Gulmarg recorded minus 7.5 degrees.

Leh district in frontier region of Ladakh was the
coldest place in the state with a low of minus 17.0 degrees
Celsius.

In the national capital, a misty morning gave way to a
chilly but sunny day as the mercury came down below normal.

The maximum dropped to 21.7 degree Celsius, one degree
below normal, from yesterday`s 22.7 degrees while the minimum
was recorded at 6.8 degrees as against 7.5 degrees the
previous day.
Cold conditions also gripped the states of Punjab and
Haryana where the capital Chandigarh recorded the season`s
coldest night at 4.4 degrees Celsius.

In Haryana, Narnaul and Ambala settled at a minimum of
2 and 3.7 deg C respectively.

In Punjab, Amritsar continued to remain under the grip
of intense chill with the minimum settling at 3.5 degrees C.
Ludhiana and Patiala recorded a low of 4.5 and 5.5 deg C.

People in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh had a
comfortable day today with the capital Shimla recording a
minimum temperature of 7.6 deg C, four degrees above normal.

Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded a low of minus
0.4 degree, three degrees above normal.

However, Bhuntar, Sundernagar and Mandi settled at minus
1.3, minus 0.4, 0.2 deg C respectively, three to four notches
below normal.

PTI