Cold wave persists in north India

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New Delhi | Published: January 27, 2015 9:16:33 PM

Cold wave continued to sweep across north India as the minimum temperature plunged in several places and fog affected movement...

Cold wave continued to sweep across north India as the minimum temperature plunged in several places and fog affected movement of trains in some parts of the region.

Icy winds swept through Delhi even as the sun shone bright during the day offering brief relief to the people.

Foggy conditions were observed early in the morning as visibility dropped to 400 metres. As the day progressed, it improved to 1,000 and 1,500 metres.

According to MeT department officials, the day temperature settled three notches below the season’s average at 18.3 degrees Celsius while the minimum was recorded a notch above normal at 10 degrees Celsius.

Humidity levels oscillated between 57 and 95 per cent.

Cold conditions returned in Kashmir division as the night temperature plunged further below the freezing point in most places, including Leh.

The night temperature fell by five degrees in Leh town to settle at minus 12.9 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir, a MeT Department spokesperson here said.

In Kargil town, the minimum temperature settled at minus 8 degrees Celsius, while in it was minus 8.4 in Gulmarg, which experienced moderate snowfall last week, minus 4.4 in Pahalgam, minus 1.4 in Kupwara, 0.2 degrees Celsius in Qazigund, the spokesperson said.

The maximum temperature recorded yesterday in Srinagar was 12.7 degrees Celsius – seven degrees above normal during this part of the winter.

Cold wave conditions continued unabated in several parts of Punjab and Haryana today even as poor visibility due to fog affected movement of trains.

Unchahar Express train between Allahabad and Chandigarh was running late by over two hours, while Ludhiana-Chandigarh train was behind schedule by about an hour.

Hisar in Haryana was the coldest place in the region with mercury at 2.8 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, a MeT department report said.

The minimum temperatures at Ambala, Narnaul and Bhiwani were recorded at 5.3, 8.6 and 6 degrees Celsius respectively, while Chandigarh’s low settled at 8.6 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal.

In Punjab, Amritsar’s low was recorded at 5.2 degrees Celsius, while at Ludhiana and Patiala they were at 4 and 5.4 degrees Celsius respectively.

Temperature dipped in many parts of Rajasthan as cold wave swept through the state and icy winds keeping people indoors.

Hill station Mount Abu recorded a minimum of 1.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Churu at 2, Sriganganagar 3, Bikaner 4.5, Pilani 5.5, Jaisalmer 6.3, Ajmer 7.8, Jodhpur 8, Barmer 8.5 and Jaipur 8.7 degrees Celsius respectively, according to a MeT department official.

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