Respite from biting cold in north India
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 09, 2010, 20:41
New Delhi: People in parts of north India had some respite from biting cold today as minimum temperature rose marginally though fog hampered running of trains and some flights had to be rescheduled.

With no fresh deaths due to cold, the toll stood at 214 so far this winter.

While minimum temperature in the national capital rose to 9 degree Celsius from yesterday's 8 deg C, the maximum stood at 12.1 deg C for the second day -- the lowest in the last five years.

The Met office has forecast possibility of thick fog in Delhi in the morning with the minimum and maximum temperatures ranging between 9 and 15 degrees Celsius.

Fog in many parts of north India forced the railways to reschedule six trains, while over four dozen trains ran late.

Cold conditions worsened in Jammu and Kashmir as mercury further dipped by a few notches in the state.

Pahalgam, a hill resort in south Kashmir, was the coldest place in the state as the night temperature dipped to minus 7 deg C against minus 6.8 deg C yesterday, Met office said.

Srinagar reeled under intense cold as the minimum temperature recorded was minus 4.2 deg C against minus 3.6 deg C yesterday. Leh recorded a low of minus 20.6 deg C and Kargil minus 19.4 deg C.

Night temperature in Jammu was recorded as 4.7 deg C. Banihal experienced a low of minus 2.1 deg C and Bhaderwah minus 0.3 deg C.

The night temperature rose marginally in many places in Himachal Pradesh though higher reaches of the hill state remained under sub-zero temperature.

The lowest temperature in Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, was recorded at minus 11.7 deg C while it was minus 5.6 deg C in Kalpa in Kinnaur district. Shimla, the Queen of Hills, had a night temperature of 4.2 deg C against the yesterday's 3.8 deg C.

Fog and intense cold conditions disrupted normal life in Rajasthan affecting flights and traffic on the highway.

Due to fog and poor visibility flights were rescheduled, Airport Director Anuj Agrawal said.

The capital city Jaipur, which was engulfed in fog till late in the morning, recorded a minimum temperature of 3.3 deg C, five degrees below normal -- the season's lowest.

Cold conditions abated in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, with mercury rising by three to four notches above normal, although dense fog continued to affect normal life in the region.

With 1.6 deg C, Amritsar, continued to be the coldest place in Punjab, while in Haryana, Ambala recorded the minimum temperature of 5.3 C, one degree below normal.

Except at a few places, visibility in Punjab and Haryana remained zero because of thick fog.

Most parts of Uttarakhand enjoyed a bright sunny day giving relief to the people from severe cold.

In Bihar, minimum temperature rose further and state capital Patna recorded 6.4 deg C - up from yesterday's 5.7 deg C.


First Published: Saturday, January 09, 2010, 20:41

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