Three die due to cold in UP as winter firms its grip on north
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 22:08
  
New Delhi: Three persons have died due to the cold in Uttar Pradesh as the winter firmed its grip on the northern region with the mercury dropping by up to six degrees in Punjab and Haryana and staying below zero in the upper reaches.

Official sources said three persons died due to the cold in Ghazipur district of the state, where temperatures dipped today.

Meerut, which recorded a minimum temperature of 2.9 degree celsius was the coldest place in the state. Lucknow saw the mercury settle at 4.5 degrees, two notches below normal.

Amritsar in Punjab was the coldest in the plains at a near freezing 0.2 degree celsius, four marks below normal, followed closely by Rohtak in Haryana at 0.3 degrees, the Met office said. Ambala also had a cold night at 1.3 degrees, six notches below normal.

Dense fog also engulfed many parts in Punjab and Haryana this morning, affecting normal life as visibility dropped considerably at Ambala, Kurukshetra, Bathinda, Gurdaspur and Patiala among others.

The winter chill also deepened further in Rajasthan, where the hill station of Mount Abu was the coldest at 0.6 degrees, a dip from yesterday's 1.4 degrees, the Met office said. Ganganagar and Churu shivered at 5 and 5.4 degrees respectively, while capital Jaipur had a low of 13 degrees.

The national capital also continued to reel under a cold wave as icy winds blew across the city and the low settled at 5.5 degrees.

In Jammu and Kashmir, Pahalgam continued to be coldest in the valley at a low of minus 4.9 followed by Kupwara at minus 4.1 degrees, Qazigund at minus four degrees and Srinagar at minus 3.7 degrees.

Jammu recorded a low of 6 degrees while the mercury settled at 0.4 degrees in Bhaderwah and 2.8 degrees in Batote, the Met office said.

It was a chilly day in Himachal Pradesh as icy winds swept across the lower hills while the upper reaches reeled under sub-zero temperatures.

Keylong, the headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district, was the coldest at minus 11 degrees while Kalpa in Kinnaur district registered a night temperature of minus 4 degrees.

The low in the Queen of the Hills was 2.7 degrees, the Met department said.

In Uttarakhand, minimum temperatures ranged between five and six degrees. In capital Dehradun, the minimum was recorded at six degrees.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 22:08


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