Minimum temperatures dip in north India

Minimum temperatures dropped in many areas of north India including Delhi today while weather improved in Kashmir.

New Delhi: Minimum temperatures dropped in many areas of north India including Delhi today while weather improved in Kashmir.
 The national capital experienced a pleasant day on Sunday with minimum temperature dipping to 15.8 degrees Celsius, nearly five notches down from yesterday.

According to MeT officials, today's minimum was five notches above normal but it was nearly five points below yesterday's 20 degrees Celsius.

Maximum temperature was recorded at 26.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal. The maximum was recorded at 27.8 degrees Celsius yesterday.

Minimum temperatures also fell in many other areas in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. In Lucknow, minimum temperature settled at 16.0 degrees Celsius, down from yesterday's 20.6 degrees Celsius.

In Dehradun, it came down from yesterday's 17.2 to 12.3 degrees Celsius. In Patiala, the minimum temperature settled at 12.4, down by nearly four notches from yesterday.

However, the minimum temperature rose at most places in Kashmir as the mercury settled several degrees above the freezing point but there was no respite from the cold conditions in Ladakh region.

The minimum temperature in Srinagar settled at 5.3 degrees Celsius, nearly three degrees up from the previous night's 2.8 degrees Celsius. This is for the first time since November last year that the minimum temperature in Srinagar settled above the freezing point, a MeT official said.

Kokernag hill resort in south Kashmir recorded a low of 4.1 degrees Celsius, an increase of over four degrees from yesterday's zero degrees Celsius. The night temperature in Qazigund and Kupwara towns settled at 1.4 and 1.3 degrees Celsius, respectively.

However, the official said, the night temperature went down at the twin resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam which recorded fresh snowfall the previous night.

Leh in Ladakh region recorded a low of minus 10.4 degrees Celsius down by nearly six degrees from yesterday's minus 4.5 degrees Celsius. Leh was the coldest recorded place in the state. Nearby Kargil town witnessed a decrease in the night temperature as the mercury there settled at minus 9.4 degrees Celsius against the previous night's minus 2 degrees Celsius.