Cold wave tightens grip over North India
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 04, 2012, 19:16
  
New Delhi: Cold wave tightened its grip over North India on Wednesday with fog disrupting normal life in most parts of the region.

In the capital Delhi, it was yet another sunny but cold morning with the minimum temperature hovering around eight degree Celsius while a layer of fog covered the city in the early hours.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 8 degree Celsius, one degree above normal, while the maximum was 20.6 degree Celsius, which is normal at this time of the season.

Delhiites have been experiencing pleasant but cold mornings for the past three days.

There was a shallow fog cover over the city for sometime in the morning. The visibility level in the capital in the morning was 500 metres, the MeT office said.

Cold wave conditions continued unabated in Kashmir Valley with minimum temperatures remaining several degrees below the freezing point.

The minimum temperature in the summer capital Srinagar dropped by half a degree as the mercury here settled at minus 3.1 degrees Celsius as compared to yesterday's minus 2.5 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said.

The south Kashmir resort of Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, while north Kashmir's skiing resort Gulmarg, the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7.2 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature in Leh town in the remote Ladakh region rose by nearly two degrees to settle at minus 13 degrees Celsius, while in nearby Kargil town the night temperature was recorded at minus 13.4 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Meanwhile, the month-long dry spell in the Valley may soon end as the state weather department has forecast rain and snowfall in parts of the Valley over the next three days even as cold wave continues unabated in the region.

The MeT department has issued an advisory warning land and air transport systems of the state may be disrupted as the western disturbances, which cause rains and snowfall, over the state are likely to intensify.

Mercury rose marginally in parts of Rajasthan with Sikar recording the lowest temperature of 4.3 degree Celsius.

While Churu and Vanasthali recorded a night temperature of 5.1 and 5.3 degree Celsius respectively, Bikaner had a low of 7.7 degree Celsius, the Met department said.

The tourist city Jaisalmer recorded a night temperature of 7.8 degree Celsius and other cities also recorded minimum temperature in the range of 8 degree Celsius to 12.5 degree Celsius, it said.

Dense fog enveloped many parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh today affecting normal life even as bitter cold persisted in the region.

Fog affected normal movement of trains passing through the two states and many were delayed by hours, railway sources said. It reduced visibility at Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar while in Haryana, it prevailed in Rohtak, Karnal, Ambala, Panipat and Kurukshetra.

Visibility levels also dropped due to fog for the second day today in Chandigarh, where the minimum temperature settled at 6.2 degree Celsius.

Amritsar continued to be the coldest place in the two states recording a minimum temperature of 3.4 degree Celsius, the MeT Office said here.

Ludhiana, too, experienced a cold night at 5 degree Celsius, down one while Patiala was even colder at 4.6 degree Celsius.

The MeT has forecast that fog will again occur in the region tomorrow.

In the east, Kolkata recorded a maximum of max 26 degree Celsius and a minimum of 19 degrees Celsius.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 04, 2012, 19:16


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