Respite from cold in North India
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 17:36
  
New Delhi: North Indians got some respite from the biting cold on Wednesday with temperatures in the region hovering close to or above the normal range.

A bright sun greeted Delhiites even as the minimum temperature settled above the normal range.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 9 degrees Celsius, up by 1.5 degrees Celsius from yesterday's 7.5 degrees.

The city witnessed shallow fog in the morning, especially around the airport. The runway visibility dipped to around 900 metres around 8.30 am but there was no affect on flight operations.

The maximum temperature in the last 24 hours was recorded at 21.6 degree Celsius, which was normal.

There was a slight respite from the intense cold wave conditions for residents of Kashmir but mercury stayed below the freezing point across the region.

The Gulmarg resort remained the coldest place in the Valley as the minimum temperature there was recorded at minus 11.2 degrees Celsius, the Met official here said.

Leh town in the remote Ladakh region was the coldest place in the state recording a low of minus 19 degrees Celsius, the official said.

He said the adjoining Kargil town recorded a low of minus 18.0 degrees Celsius.

Both the places recorded slightly warmer nights compared to previous nights when the mercury plunged to a record minus 23 degrees Celsius.

People in Rajasthan experienced a warm night with temperatures in the desert state increasing marginally.

Churu and Sikar recorded minimum temperatures at 3.9 and 5.2 degrees Celsius respectively, Met officials said.

The mercury also rose in other parts of the state, with the night temperature hovering between the range of 8 to 12.2 degrees Celsius.

People in Punjab and Haryana too got a respite from severe cold with minimum temperatures in the two states staying close to or above the normal range.

Amritsar in Punjab recorded a low of 6.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal.

Ludhiana and Patiala also registered above normal minimums at 8.6 degrees Celsius and 7.2 degrees Celsius.

Chandigarh's minimum settled within the normal range at 6.8 degrees Celsius.

In Haryana, Ambala recorded a low of 7.6 degrees Celsius, Hisar 6.5 degrees Celsius, Karnal 6.1 degrees Celsius, Bhiwani 7 degrees Celsius and Rohtak 6.4 degrees Celsius, which were within the normal levels.

However, Narnaul continued to shiver with cold recording a night temperature of 3.5 degrees Celsius, down two notches.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 17:36


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