North India gets respite from intense cold

An increase in minimum temperatures across north India provided some relief to people in the region.

New Delhi: An increase in minimum
temperatures across north India provided some relief to people
in the region who had been reeling under a cold wave which has
already claimed 135 lives so far.

Barring Leh town in frontier region of Ladakh, the night
temperatures across the Kashmir Valley recorded an increase
for the second consecutive day today.

Although the minimum temperature across the Valley and
Ladakh region continued to remain below freezing point, the
improvement in the mercury brought much needed relief to the
people from the intense cold gripping the region.
The minimum temperature in summer capital Srinagar
improved further and settled at minus 2.5 degrees Celsius as
compared to minus 3.4 degrees Celsius the previous night, a
spokesman of the MeT office said.

The city witnessed the season`s coldest night earlier
this week when mercury dipped to a low of minus 4.9 degrees
Celsius.

However, the remote Leh district of Ladakh region
witnessed a further dip as the mercury settled at minus 17
degrees Celsius, making it the coldest place in Jammu and
Kashmir, the spokesman said.

The Kargil town, also in mountainous Ladakh region,
recorded a low of minus 14 deg C, he said.

The north Kashmir skiing resort of Gulmarg, the star
attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter,
recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius,
an increase of one degree compared to the previous night.

In Uttar Pradesh, cold wave conditions abated with
minimum temperatures registering an increase. Agra with a
minimum of 3.9 degrees was the coldest in the state.
The met department said temperatures in Kanpur, Varanasi,
Lucknow, Agra, Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Bareilly and Meerut
divisions remained below normal while it was normal elsewhere
in the state.

Weather would remain dry in all divisions of the state in
the next 24 hours, it added.

Minimum temperatures across Punjab and Haryana also
registered an increase with Chandigarh recording a low of 6.6
degree Celsius, a degree above normal.

Patiala in Punjab recorded a low of 7.9 degree Celsius,
up two notches while the low at Ludhiana was 4.2 degree
Celsius.

Amritsar, which had been reeling under intense cold
during the past few days with minimum settling below the
freezing point today recorded a low of two degree Celsius.

Ambala in Haryana recorded a low of 6.8 degree Celsius,
up one degree while Karnal registered a minimum of 5.4 degree
Celsius.

The minimum at Hisar settled at 4.7 degree Celsius.

The MeT said that fog reduced visibility at many places
in the region including Hisar, Karnal, Ludhiana and Amritsar
early today.

Rajasthan, however, continued to reel under extreme cold
with Churu remaining the coldest place with a minimum
temperature of 2.6 degrees Celsius followed by Sriganganagar
at 3.1 degrees Celsius.

Sawaimadhopur, Sikar, Pilani and Jaipur recorded a
minimum of 3.2, 4.6, 5 and 6 degrees Celsius respectively,
according to the MeT department here.

Jaisalmer had a low of 6.9 degree Celsius, while Kota had
a minimum of 7.9 deg C.

Jodhpur and Barmer recorded a minimum of 10 and 11
degrees Celsius respectively.

PTI

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