The Delhiites continue to witness the ongoing cold in the next two to three days as Indian Metereological Department (IMD) forecasted the minimum temperature continue to be in between five to seven degree Celsius with foggy condition likely to prevail in the morning and late night hours. The minimum temperature on Monday dipped to 6.6 degree Celsius followed by cold breeze blowing in the national capital.
Dr Sathi Dev, a scientist at IMD told news agency ANI about the the weather forecaste. She, however, did not call it cold wave condition. “This is not cold wave condition in Delhi and there is no immediate chance of hitting cold wave criteria,” added the scientist.
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However, people paid the toll for the ongoing foggy condition as at least 24 trains were running late on the day. The IMD officials confirned that the visibility was recorded at 400 meters at 8.30 AM both at Safdarjung and Palam resulted in delay of 24 train running while rescheduling of five trains.
Meanwhile, Leh region of Jammu and Kashmir witnssed spine-chilling cold condition in the “coldest night of the season” with temperature settled nearly 14 degrees below the freezing point on Sunday night. According to an IMD official, the town had minimum temperature of minus 13.8 degree Celsius on Sunday night making Leh the “coldest
recorded place in the state”.
With temperature going below zero degree, water bodies freeze in higher reaches. Cold wave condition in J&K (visuals from Srinagar) pic.twitter.com/JHQYlKOjg9
— ANI (@ANI_news) December 19, 2016
The other region of the state also going through cold condition with minimum temperature dipping below zero degree Celsius. The water bodies have been freezed in higher reaches and thick blanket of fog covering most of the places. The temperature reached to a low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg, said the official.
While the snowfall in the valley following cold waves added to its beauty with tourists and locals seemed enjoying the snowbed, it brought an alert for Amarnath pilgrims. According to the official, Pahalgam health resort in south Kashmir, which serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of minus 5.3 degrees Celsius, slightly up from minus 5.9 degrees Celsius 24 hours earlier.
(With inputs from PTI)