Cold wave unabated in North India
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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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