North reels under rain, snow; 6 die in UP

Rains and thundershowers lashed large swathes of Northern plains where six persons lost there lives after being struck by lightning in Uttar Pradesh.

New Delhi: Rains and thundershowers lashed large swathes of Northern plains where six persons lost there lives after being struck by lightning in Uttar Pradesh, while snowfall in higher parts of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh kept the temperatures below normal.

Delhi witnessed overnight rains and thunderstorm, due to which temperature dropped by a few notches, meteorological department official said today.

Rain gauges measured 2.5 mm rainfall during the last 24 hours ending 8:30 AM this morning, he said.

The maximum temperature was today recorded at 23.3 degree Celsius, two notches below the normal level, and the minimum was at 10.7 deg C with no deviation from the normal level.

In UP, six persons were killed after being hit by lightning as most parts of the state witnessed light to moderate rains and thundershowers.

Three persons were killed in Unnao district while one each died in Barabanki, Farukkhabad and Hathras districts after being hit by lightning, police sources said here.

Night temperature fell markedly in Agra division and fell appreciably in Moradabad and Meerut divisions.

The lowest minimum temperature in the state was recorded in Etawah at 7 deg C.

Higher parts of Kashmir got snowfall overnight.

The snowfall, which began in the hilly areas of the valley on Friday, brought down the mercury by several notches and also resulted in a decrease in the day temperatures.

According to a Met official, Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 1.7 deg C and received snowfall and rains equivalent to 1.7 mm rainfall.

He said that Qazigund town recorded a minimum temperature of 0.2 deg C, while the night temperature in Kokernag settled at a minimum of minus 0.3 deg C.

Qazigund and Kokernag received snowfall and rains equivalent to 14.6 mm and 16.8 mm of rainfall respectively.

The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg, which shivered at minus 5.6 deg C the previous night, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.2 deg C last night.

Gulmarg received snowfall and rains equivalent to 5.6 mm
of rainfall.

The minimum temperature in Kupwara was recorded at 0.5 deg C.

Kargil was the coldest recorded place in the state at minus 7.8 deg C, Leh town saw the mercury rise to minus 3.4 deg C, the Met official said.

Meanwhile, Jammu-Srinagar National Highway reopened for vehicular traffic today after remaining closed for two days due to continuous snowfall.

Similar conditions were also witnessed in plains of Punjab and Haryana where the minimum temperatures dropped by few notches at most places today.

Chandigarh, which received 17.2 mm of rain overnight, witnessed a slight drop in minimum since yesterday.

However at 10.2 deg C, the low was still a notch above normal, the MeT said here.

Amritsar in Punjab registered a low of 11 deg C and received heavy rainfall of 28.2 mm.

Piercing cold wave conditions prevailed in the Himachal Pradesh even as the region had a clear and sunny day after three consecutive days of snowfall, rains and thunderstorms.

The key tourist resort of Manali shivered under biting cold wave conditions with a low of minus 1.0 deg C, followed by Nahan 6.1 deg C, Shimla 2.2 deg C, Bhuntar 3.7 deg C, Solan 4.5 deg C, Sundernagar 6.1 deg C, Dharamsala 6.6 deg C respectively.

The sprawling Dhauladhar ranges in Kangra, Churdhar ranges in Sirmaur and mighty Rohtang pass recorded 25 cm to 100 cm of fresh snow while Kufri, Narkanda and other higher reaches had mild snow.

Kalpa recorded 10 cm of fresh snowfall while Manali and Keylong experienced 5 cm of fresh snow creating severe cold wave conditions in adjoining valleys.

The high altitude tribal areas reeled under arctic conditions with mercury staying between minus 12 and minus 26 deg C and all natural sources of water like lakes, springs, rivulets and tributaries of snow-fed rivers were frozen for past two months.