Winter chill grips northern region

Last Updated: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 20:37

New Delhi: Cold wave maintained its grip
over north India on Monday as mercury dipped further in several
parts of the region with Amritsar recording a low of zero
degree Celsius.

The winter chill further aggravated in Punjab, Haryana
and Chandigarh with the mercury nosediving by up to seven
degrees below normal, while several parts of the region
remained covered in thick fog.

Amritsar was the coldest place in the region, recording a
minimum of zero degree Celsius, down by four notches from
normal, Met office said.

Ludhiana and Patiala also saw minimum temperature going
down by up to six degrees and settling at 0.2 C and 2.4 C
respectively. In Haryana, Ambala and Rohtak recorded a low of
0.3 C and 0.9 C with mercury falling by seven and five degrees
respectively below normal.

The mercury in Chandigarh dipped to 3.2, which was three
degrees less than the normal.

People in Himachal Pradesh had no respite from cold
conditions with higher reaches remaining under sub zero
temperatures while chilly winds swept lower areas.

Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district, with
a night temperature of minus 9.7 degree Celsius remained the
coldest place in the hill state, Met office said.

Elsewhere in the state, Kullu settled at a low of 0.4 and
Sundernagar at 0.2 degree Celsius.

Mount Abu remained the coldest place in Rajasthan with
recording a minimum temperature of one degree Celsius,
followed by Ganganagar at 5.4 degrees.

Churu settled at a minimum of 6.1 degrees while Sikar and
Pilani chilled at 8.5 and 6.9 degree Celsius respectively.

Dry cold conditions continued in Uttarakhand with sun
shining brightly during the day, even as night temperatures
fell considerably in several areas like hill resorts of
Mussoorie and Nainital.

In capital Dehradun, the minimum temperature continued to
hover around 5 degree Celsius, two notches below the normal,
Met office said.

A chilly morning with a mist cover greeted people in the
national capital even as the mercury rose marginally to settle
at 5.7 degree Celsius. Yesterday, Delhi recorded a low of 5.5
degrees.

Most parts of Jammu and Kashmir had a little respite from
intense cold with the day and night temperatures rising by a
few notches even as Ladakh region continued to shiver.

The minimum temperature dipped to minus 15.2 degree
Celsius in Kargil and minus 14.0 degree C in Leh.

In Srinagar, the night temperature was minus 2.6 degree
Celsius as against minus 3.7 degree Celsius recorded
yesterday.

PTI




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