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Cold wave sweeps north India; 2 die in UP, Delhi coldest

Last Updated: Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 19:22

New Delhi: Cold wave swept most parts of
north India on Saturday as mercury dipped to zero degree Celsius in
Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir`s Leh district shivered at minus
19 degrees even as extreme cold conditions claimed two more
lives in Uttar Pradesh.

The day also saw the national capital recording the
season`s lowest temperature of 5.2 degrees Celsius. People
had to brave icy winds as mercury dipped 2.2 notches from
yesterday`s 7.4 degrees. A thin layer of fog engulfed the city
in the morning reducing the visibility to 700 m. However,
flight movement was not affected.
Snowfall in higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh and
Kashmir valley brought down temperatures in Delhi, Rajasthan,
Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand where foggy conditions
prevailed, Met officials said.

Two persons died in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh.

Leh and Kargil districts were reeling under severe cold
wave as minimum temperatures dipped to minus 19.4 and minus
14.0 respectively. Even day temperatures registered a steep
fall with the two places recording a minimum of minus 2
degrees and 5.8 respectively.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 4.4 degrees. However,
there was a little improvement in Jammu as the city recorded a
minimum of 6.8. The city had recorded a low of 4.7 yesterday.

The high reaches of Himachal Pradesh remained under
sub-zero temperature while the lower areas had no respite from
the shivering cold winds. Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti recorded night
temperature of minus 16 degrees. Keylong, the headquarters of
Lahaul-Spiti, had a night temperature of minus 11.4 degrees.
Officials said Spiti river froze at many places due to
extreme cold condition.

Similarly, Kalpa in Kinnaur district registered night
temperature of minus 4 degrees Celsius while it was minus 0.4
degree in Bhuntar, they said.

The condition in most parts of Punjab and Haryana
intensified further with Rohtak and Amritsar registering
bone-chilling temperatures. Rohtak and Amritsar braved the
season`s coldest night so far at zero degree and 0.5 degrees
each respectively, down by six and 3 notches.

Biting cold also prevailed in most parts of Haryana,
including Karnal, where the season`s lowest minimum was
registered at 1.9 degrees, down six notches.

Mount Abu continued to be the coldest place in Rajasthan
with a minimum temperature of 1.4 degrees followed by
Ganganagar at 4.2 degrees, a Met official said.

Churu chilled at 4.4 degree Celsius while Dabok and
Dholpur shivered at 6.7 and 6.8 degrees respectively.

Dry cold conditions continued in the Uttarakhand where
normal life was affected in the hilly areas due to the
yesterday`s snowfall. The minimum temperature today was
recorded at 3.9 degree Celsius in the state.

Cold conditions in the region are likely to continue
over the next few days, according to the Met department.


First Published: Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 19:22
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