New Delhi: The winter chill crept in as temperatures dipped across North India on Wednesday with cold winds blowing across the plains.
The capital Delhi recorded a maximum of 23.8 degrees celsius and a minimum 7.7 degrees celsius.
Today`s minimum was one degree below normal and down from the previous day`s 11.5 degree celsius.
Light rains and breeze brought back the winter chill to the national capital yesterday with day temperature falling by nine degrees celsius.
The Met office has predicted moderate to heavy snowfall in Kashmir Valley over hilly areas for one week beginning today, which is likely to intensify on December 13 and 14.
The Divisional Administration in Kashmir put the disaster management grid on stand by to meet any eventuality due to snowfall expected in the next 24 hours across the Valley.
Cold conditions prevailed in Punjab and Haryana as minimum temperatures fell by a few notches following snowfall in the neighbouring hill state of Himachal Pradesh. Cold winds blew at many places.
Hisar in Haryana was the coldest place in the two states recording a low of 5.4 degrees celsius, down one notch, the MeT office here said.
Karnal also braved the chill recording a low of 5.8 degrees Celsius, down two notches while Ambala recorded a low of 7.9 degrees celsius.
Bhiwani and Narnaul recorded respective minimum
temperatures of 8.2 degrees celsius and 7.5 degrees celsius.
In Punjab, the chill was back in Amritsar and Ludhiana, with both towns recording identical below normal lows of 6.8 degrees celsius each.
Patiala, too, had a cold night at 7.4 degrees celsius.
The MeT said that rains lashed a few places in the region for the second day today, including Chandigarh, Ambala, Karnal, Bhiwani, Ludhiana, Mohali and Phagwara.
The minimum temperatures may fall further at few places in the two states over the next few days, the MeT added.