Mercury rises marginally in Punjab, Haryana



New Delhi: Parts of north India continued to reel under cold conditions on Wednesday though the mercury inched upwards in Punjab and Haryana providing relief to the people.

There was no major change in the weather in Delhi as temperatures remained normal on a sunny day.

The day temperature in the national capital was recorded at 23.4 degrees Celsius, normal for this part of the season, while the minimum was 10.3 degrees, slightly above yesterday's 9.5 degrees.

The cold prevailed in higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh even as temperatures in lower hills rose by a few notches with the weather remaining dry under clear skies.

Keylong and Kalpa in Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts were grappling with biting cold recording lows of -6.1 and -5.6 degrees respectively while the minimum in Manali touched 0.8 degrees.

The chill was also palpable across Kashmir Valley though minimum temperatures in the Ladakh region appreciated by several degrees.

Srinagar recorded a low of 0.5 degrees, same as the previous night, while the scenic Gulmarg ski resort saw the mercury settling at -7.8 degrees as compared to -8.6 degrees the night before.

Ladakh region, however, experienced a slight increase in night temperatures with Leh registering a low of -12.6 degrees as against the previous night's -14.1.

The cold had relented at many places in Punjab and Haryana as minimum temperatures rose a couple of notches above normal.

Chandigarh registered a low of 9.9 degrees, two notches above normal, while in Haryana's Ambala the minimum was up a notch to settle at 9.8 degrees.

Amritsar, where conditions had been especially cold in the past few days, registered an increase of two notches in the minimum which touched 8 degrees.

PTI