New Delhi: Bone-chilling cold intensified
across north India on Sunday providing no respite to people soaked
in the yuletide spirit even as the extreme weather claimed
three more lives, taking the country-wide death toll this
winter to 131.
The fresh deaths were reported overnight from Uttar
Pradesh, which has so far accounted for 91 fatalities.
Delhiites shivered on the morning of Christmas as mercury
plunged to the coldest of the season at 2.9 deg C, five
notches below normal, the MeT office said. The city recorded a
maximum of 20.3 degrees.
Hisar in Haryana and Amritsar in Punjab recorded minimum
temperatures of 0 deg C and 0.6 deg C respectively, both
readings being a few notches below normal.
Narnaul recorded a low of 0.5 deg C, down by five degrees,
while the minimum at Ambala settled at 3 deg C, down by four
notches, the local weather office said.
In Kashmir Valley, Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature
of minus 4.8 degrees, which was the coldest night in the city
so far this season.
The tourist resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 9.8
deg C, while in the remote Leh district of Ladakh region, the
minimum temperature dropped by a degree to settle at minus
16.2 deg C, the MeT Dept said.
In the desert state of Rajasthan, Churu continued to
remain the coldest place registering a minimum of minus 1.4
deg C, followed by Pilani at 0.3 degrees.
Sriganganagar recorded a low of 0.6 degrees Celsius while
Phalodi, Bikaner, Sikar and Jaisalmer had a low of 4, 4.2, 4.8
and 5.4 degrees respectively.
Other places in the state also recorded minimum
temperatures in the range of 6.1 deg C to 13.2 deg C,
according to MeT Dept here.
Meanwhile, most parts of Himachal Pradesh continued to
shiver under severe cold wave conditions but a `White`
Christmas eluded state capital Shimla, disappointing locals
and thousands of tourists who have thronged the town to enjoy