North India still cold

Cold persisted in North India on Monday with temperatures falling below the normal range in many places across the region.

New Delhi: Cold persisted in North India
on Monday with temperatures falling below the normal range in many
places across the region.

It was a chilly but pleasant morning for Delhiites as the
minimum temperature inched up slightly to 7.3 degree Celsius.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 20.9 degrees
Celsius which is one degree above normal at this time of the

The minimum temperature, which was recorded at 7.3 degree
Celsius, is two degrees higher than yesterday`s 5.3 degree
Celsius, the MeT office said.

Delhiites have been experiencing pleasant weather for the
past few days after reeling under intense cold wave conditions
during the second and third weeks of this month.

Witnessing one of the harshest winters in decades, the
Kashmir Valley experienced an extremely chilly night with a
fall in the night temperature even as the remote town of
Kargil recorded the lowest temperature of the season at minus
25 degrees.

The minimum temperature in Kargil town of Ladakh region
slipped by nearly five degrees from yesterday to settle at
minus 25.0 degrees Celsius.

This is the lowest temperature of the season anywhere in
the Kashmir division beating the previous lowest of minus 23
degrees Celsius recorded in Kargil last week.

The adjoining Leh town, also in Ladakh region, recorded
its season`s lowest temperature with mercury there plunging to
minus 23.4 degrees Celsius, a drop of 4.8 degrees from last
night, the official said.

In Kashmir Valley, the minimum temperature across the
region fell several degrees below freezing point even as
Chillai Kalan, 40-days of harsh winter, came to end today.

In the famous Gulmarg skiing resort, in north Kashmir,
the minimum temperature recorded a drop of more than a degree
to settle at minus 12.5 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Cold was back in Rajasthan after a few days of respite
with the mercury dipping in several places in the desert

Churu was the coldest with a night temperature of 1.9
degrees Celsius.

Vanasthali recorded a minimum of 3 degrees Celsius, while
Sriganganagar had a low of 3.9 degrees Celsius. Pilani
shivered at 4.4 degrees Celsius while Pink City Jaipur had a
low of 5.5 degrees Celsius.

Bundi and Jodhpur recorded respective minimum
temperatures at 6.8 and 7 degrees Celsius.

Chittorgarh had a low of 7.2 degrees Celsius, according
to the MeT Department here.

Mercury in other cities settled in the range of 8 degrees
Celsius to 12 degrees Celsius.

Cold conditions persisted in Punjab and Haryana today
with the mercury dipping upto five notches below normal across
the two states.

Temperature in Chandigarh settled at 5 degree Celsius,
one degree below normal, the Met office here said.

In Punjab, the temperature at Jalandhar`s Adampur air
base was today recorded at 0.4 degree Celsius, Amritsar at 2
degree Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala had a low of 7.8
degree Celsius and 6.1 degree Celsius respectively.

Haryana, Hisar and Karnal recorded the lowest temperature
of 3.2 degree Celsius each, 4 and 5 degrees below normal,

Ambala and Rohtak registered minimum of 7 degree Celsius
and 4.6 degree Celsius.

The Met department in its forecast has said that days
would remain sunny and dry, but it warned that ground frost
may occur at isolated places in the two states.