Cold wave conditions subside in North India



New Delhi: Severe cold wave conditions subsided in most parts of north India as the mercury continued its upward trend on Sunday except in Himachal Pradesh, which remained in the grip of intense chill.

Delhiites woke up to a misty but pleasant Sunday, with the maximum temperature in the national capital going 5 notches above normal to stand at 26.3 degrees Celsius.

The minimum settled a notch above normal at 9.5 degrees Celsius, the Met officials said.

The weatherman forecast cloud cover for tomorrow, with the possibility of rain and hailstorms.

Night temperatures went up in parts of Kashmir Valley, with the mercury in capital Srinagar settling at at 4.1 degrees Celsius last night, up from 3.1 degrees Celsius of the previous night.

Mercury crossed over the freezing point mark in north Kashmir's Kupwara town, which, after recorded a minimum of 1.7 degrees Celsius after shivering at 0.6 degrees Celsius, a Met office spokesperson said.

The Gulmarg skiing resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, he added.

An upswing in mercury brought respite for people in Punjab and Haryana also, where the minimum temperatures went up by one to 3 notches above normal in most parts.

The minimum temperature in Amristar, which was reeling under intense cold wave, stood at eight degrees Celsius, three notches above normal.

The minimum at Ludhiana was 8.2 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal, Met officials said.

In Haryana, minimum temperature in Narnaul settled three notches above normal at 8.1 degrees Celsius while in Hisar, it stood at 8.7 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal.

The minimum temperature in the Union territory of Chandigarh went three notches above normal to settle at 9.7 degrees Celsius, Met officials said.

According to the Met forecast, temperatures will continue to show an upward trend in the region in next 24 hours, with possibility of thunderstorms at a few places.

Night temperatures increased across Rajasthan also, where Bharatpur and Sri Ganganagar recorded minimums of 9 and 10.2 degrees Celsius respectively.

In other places of the state, they varied between 11 and 16.5 degrees Celsius, the Met department said.

Himachal Pradesh, however, continued to remain in the grip of cold as mercury hovered below normal in most parts of the state.

While Keylong, Kalpa and Manali continued to shiver under sub-zero temperatures at minus 6.1, minus 4 and minus 1.6 degrees, capital Shimla recorded a low of 4.1 degrees Celsius.

Bhuntar and Solan recorded minimums of 3.2 degrees Celsius each, while Sundernagar and Saluni witnessed a low of 4.5 degrees.

Mercury in the high-altitude areas of the state stayed between minus 12 and minus 20 degrees Celsius, Met officials said.

PTI