Monday, December 21, 2009

North India shivers as mercury dips further

Cold conditions intensified in most parts of the northern region today as mercury dipped by several notches with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir freezing at minus 16 degrees.

The minimum temperature in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh hovered between two to four degree Celsius below normal at several places.

Rohtak in Haryana shivered at a low of 1.8 degrees, four notches below normal, while Karnal recorded 4.8 degree Celsius, three degrees below normal, Met office said.

Patiala and Amritsar, in Punjab, recorded a minimum temperature of 5.5 and 5.8 degree Celsius respectively, even as Chandigarh recorded a low of 6.8 degrees.

Icy winds coupled with steep drop in mercury resulted in intense cold in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of 'Chilai Kalan', the 40-day harsh winter period.

Leh, in frontier region of Ladakh, was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 16 degrees while it recorded a day temperature of minus 1.6. Meanwhile, Kargil recorded a low and high of minus 14.2 and minus 3.6 respectively.

Leh coldest in J&K with day temp of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius Srinagar recorded a minimum of 0.4 degrees, while it settled at a maximum of 5.4 degree Celsius, making it the coldest day of the season so far.

People in Himachal Pradesh had no respite from cold as chilly winds swept across the state. Capital Shimla settled at a minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees, while it recorded a day temperature of 13.5.

Cold conditions aggravated in Rajasthan with Churu being the coldest place with a minimum temperature of 4.2 degrees.

Ganganagar and Bikaner settled at a low of 6.3 and 8 degrees respectively, while Jaipur recorded 10.4 degree Celsius.

Delhiites woke up to another misty and chilly morning as the national capital recorded a minimum of 8.4 degree Celsius. The minimum had yesterday dipped to the season's lowest of 7.7 degree Celsius.

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