North India continues to shiver

North India continued to shiver under cold wave conditions as sub-zero temperatures in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh affected normal life.

Updated: Dec 24, 2010, 22:17 PM IST

New Delhi: North India continued to
shiver under cold wave conditions as sub-zero temperatures in
several parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh
affected normal life.

In Leh, mercury dipped to minus 9.6 degrees Celsius,
while Kargil recorded a low of minus 9.4 deg C. Even in the
Valley, Srinagar reeled at minus 4.7 deg C and the famous
ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 7.5. The
National Disaster Management Cell has predicted snowfall in
the Valley on December 28.
There was no respite from the biting cold in Himachal
Pradesh, where the thermometer read minus 7.2 deg C in Lahaul
and Spiti district, while mercury dipped to minus 4 deg C in
Kinnaur.

Shimla recorded the lowest temperature of the season
at 2.7 deg C.

However, no snowy Christmas is expected this year with
MET officials predicting weather to be dry and less windy.

Thick fog engulfed the towns of Bilaspur, Kullu,
Bhuntar, Mandi and Sundernagar in morning, disrupting
vehicular traffic.

Even in the national capital, people experienced
bitter cold in the morning with mercury staying two notches
below normal at 6.7 deg C. However, as the day progressed
Christmas eve became pleasant with the city recording a
maximum of 24 deg C.

According to the weathermen, the average minimum
temperature in Delhi for the month of December is 8.2 deg C
and the maximum 23 deg C.

For people in Punjab and Haryana, it was a warmer
morning as mercury raised up to 2 degrees in several places.
Narnaul was the coldest place in the plains of Punjab
and Haryana with a low of 3.7 deg C, while Ludhiana settled at
a low of 4.4 deg C.

The night temperature at Ambala was 4.7 deg C and in
Chandigarh mercury settled at 6 deg C. However, fog disrupted
vehicular traffic in the morning at a few places.

Weathermen forecast dip in night temperature in the
two states in next two days.

In Rajasthan, Churu was the coldest place with a
minimum of 5.2 deg C, while capital Jaipur stayed at a minimum
of 8.5 deg C.

People woke to a foggy and chilly morning in Lucknow,
but as the day progressed weather became pleasant with a
bright sunshine. The city recorded minimum of 6.7 deg C.

Shahjahanpur was the coldest in Uttar Pradesh with a
minimum of 5 degrees.

PTI