North faces another frosty day; 6 more deaths, toll reaches 68

Last Updated: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 20:45

New Delhi: It was another frosty day in North
India on Saturday which continued to battle bitter cold waves with
the chill claiming six more lives in UP, taking the toll to 68
this season in the state.

While three persons died in UP`s Shahjahanpur district,
two deaths were reported from Bareilly and one from Basti.

Sultanpur at 1.4 degree Celsius was the coldest in the
state. Lucknow recorded a minimum of 3.8 deg C, while it was
4.1 deg C in Varanasi.

A thick layer of fog engulfed the national capital even
as the low temperature coupled with icy winds continued
unabated leaving Delhiites shivering and disrupting flight
operations.

Dense fog hit flight operations at IGI airport as
schedule of over 40 domestic and international flights were
affected, causing inconvenience to the air travellers.

Domestic flights which were scheduled to operate in the
morning were delayed by up to four hours due to inclement
weather.

The dense fog also disrupted road and rail services.
However, children have been spared the cold with the
Delhi government extending the holidays in city schools till
January 13 from January 10.

The city recorded a low of 4.3 deg C.
Piercing cold waves swept Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh
with fog in the region throwing normal life out of gear.

Freezing cold gripped Narnaul in Haryana, which at 1.5
deg C was the coldest place in the two states.

Icy cold winds swept Hisar, which recorded a low of 2.4
deg C, while Bhiwani recorded 4.2 deg C.

Ambala registered 4.5 deg C, while Gurgaon braved the
chill at 6.5 deg C.

The minimum temperature at Chandigarh, which had a hazy
sky, settled at 6.4 deg C.

In Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded low of 4.2 deg C
and 3 deg C respectively, while it was minimum 4.4 deg C in
Amritsar.

Thick fog in the region affected vehicular movement and
delayed many trains.

The intense cold wave gripping Kashmir Valley subsided to
some extent, however, there was no respite from chill in
Ladakh where the mercury dropped by a couple of degrees with
Leh recording the lowest of -13.6 deg C.

The mercury slipped by 0.4 deg C in Kargil to settle at
-10.4 deg C.

Srinagar witnessed an increase of nearly two degrees
compared to yesterday with the minimum temperature settling at
-0.4 deg C.

Gulmarg skiing resort at a low of -6 deg C was the
coldest in the Valley.

Mercury jumped by at least 3.2 deg C in Pahalgam resort
which recorded -1.8 deg C. Kokernag in Anantnag district
recorded -2.7 deg C, an increase of 2.2 degrees.

The skyline across Kashmir was covered by dense clouds,
raising the prospects of a fresh snowfall in the Valley.

Chill continued in Rajasthan as cold waves swept the
state with mercury in Bikaner dipping below freezing point and
recording the lowest temperature at -2 deg C.

The tourist town of Mount Abu recorded -1 deg C, while
Pilani recorded a low of 0.4 deg C.

Elsewhere, Jaisalmer recorded a minimum of 1.2 deg C,
Dholpur (1.8), Churu (2.5) and Sriganganagar 3.7 deg C.

Severe cold continued in Himachal Pradesh with moderate
snowfall in the higher reaches of Kinnaur, Pangi, Lahaul and
Spiti and strong velocity icy winds lashing higher hills.

The sky remained overcast throughout the day.
Solan was the coldest in the lower hills with a minimum
temperature of -1.0 deg C. The state capital Shimla reeled
under 3.1 deg C.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 20:45

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