Cold wave unabated in North India

Last Updated: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 18:38

New Delhi: The cold wave was unabated in
North India on Monday with minimum temperatures across the region
dipping further.

Delhiites shivered as icy winds kept the mercury at below
normal levels despite a clear sky.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 5.6 degrees
Celsius, two degrees below normal and down from yesterday`s
6.8 degrees celsius.

The capital was spared of fog for the third consecutive
day today.

Cold wave swept Punjab and Haryana as minimum
temperatures in the two states dipped further.

Narnaul in Haryana was the coldest place in the region
with a temperature of 0.5 degrees celsius. Hisar and Karnal,
too, were under the grip of piercing chill, recording
identical minimums of 3.5 degrees Celsius each.

Bhiwani also experienced a cold night at 3.2 degrees
Celsius, down five notches, while Rohtak was cold at 4.6
degrees Celsius.

It was a bright day with sun shining in Chandigarh today,
but the night temperature here witnessed further fall and the
mercury settled at 4.9 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab, freezing cold swept Amritsar, which recorded
a low of 2.6 degrees Celsius.

Ludhiana and Patiala also had a cold night recording
identical minimums of 5.2 degrees Celsius each.

Rajasthan reeled under a severe cold wave today with
Churu continuing to be the coldest place in the state
recording a minimum temperature of 1.2 degrees celsius.

Pilani, Sawaimadhopur, Sikar and Jaipur recorded a
minimum of 2.6, 3.8, 4.5 and 4.8 degree celsius, according to
the Met department here.

Other places recorded night temperatures in the range of
5.6 degrees celsius to 11.8 degrees celsius.

There was no let off in the cold wave in Kashmir either
with Leh town in Ladakh region experiencing its coldest night
of the season as the mercury plunged to 22.2 degrees below the
freezing point.

The minimum temperature in Leh town settled at minus 22.2
degrees Celsius, which is the lowest of this winter so far, a
MeT official said.

Nearby Kargil district town also had an extreme low of
minus 20 degrees Celsius last night, he said.

There was some respite to the freezing conditions in
Gulmarg skiing resort as the minimum temperature rose by four
degrees to settle at minus 10 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir recorded minus 7 degrees
Celsius, an increase of more than three degrees, the official
said.

Despite a clear and sunny day, Himachal Pradesh reeled
under a biting cold wave with the mercury staying below normal
at most places.

The key tourist resort of Manali was the coldest in the
non-tribal areas with minimum temperature at minus two degrees
celsius while it hovered around freezing point at many places
in the mid and lower hills.

Solan recorded a low of zero degrees, Bhuntar and
Sundernagar 0.6 degrees, Shimla 1.2 degrees, Dharamsala and
Una 2.7 degrees, Palampur 3.5 degrees and Mandi 4.5 degrees,
all two to four degrees below normal.

Keylong and Kalpa, headquarters of twin tribal districts
of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur recorded minimum temperatures
of minus 12.4 degrees and minus 0.7 degrees while the high
altitude tribal areas reeled under arctic conditions with
mercury staying between minus 16 degrees and minus 26 degrees
Celsius.

Barring Kalpa and some adjoining areas which received
6.0cm of snow, the weather mainly remained dry in the region
but a pale sun failed to warm up people as icy winds swept the
region.

The maximum temperatures increased marginally by two to
three degrees.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 18:38

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