Mercury registers rise; Fog hits Punjab, Haryana
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 02, 2014, 21:33
  
New Delhi: The cold eased slightly in northern India on Sunday with the mercury registering a rise in most parts of the region, although Punjab and Haryana experienced foggy conditions which hit the movement of traffic.

It was a sunny, cheerful day in Delhi today with the maximum settling three notches above normal at 24.4 degrees Celsius.

The minimum in the national capital was recorded at 6.8 degrees.

A rise in temperatures was also recorded in Kashmir Valley where some areas reported light rainfall.

Srinagar saw the mercury settle at a minimum of 0.3 degrees, three notches higher than -3.3 degrees the previous night.

Pahalgam saw a jump in the mercury by over six notches as the minimum settled at -3.2 degrees. The tourist resort had recorded a low of -10.0 degrees the night before.

Leh witnessed a low of -10.0 degrees, which was two notches higher than the -12.8 degrees recorded yesterday.

Meanwhile, Kupwara and Gulmarg received light rainfall.

Cold wave conditions eased in Himachal Pradesh with the mercury rising marginally in the state where clear skies during the day made way, however, for a thickly overcast evening.

Punjab and Haryana continued to struggle under fog which has widely affected traffic movement across the two neighbouring states.

The Union Territory and common capital of Chandigarh and most places in Punjab and Haryana were under a heavy fog cover in the morning, leading to traffic snarls.

But minimum temperatures in the two states were recorded above normal levels.

Rajasthan, too, enjoyed respite from the cold with the mercury rising by one to three degrees across the state.

The minimum ranged between 8.9 and 15 degrees at places like Churu, Ganganagar, Jaipur, Kota, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Barmer.

However, according to the MeT department, a fresh western disturbance may hit Rajasthan in the next 24 hours which may see night temperatures taking a dip amidst light to moderate showers in the north-western parts of the state.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, February 02, 2014, 21:33


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