Cold freezes North, spreads to south now

Cold freezes North, spreads to south now

Cold maintained its grip across North India and spread down South, affecting normal life as authorities in Uttar Pradesh ordered early winter vacation while some parts of the region enjoyed a slight respite.

National capital New Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 15 degree Celsius, seven notches below normal, on Sunday. The minimum temperature was 6.4 degrees, two notches below normal. There was moderate to dense fog with the visibility remaining low in the morning. However, according to airport authority officials, there was no flight delay due to poor visibility.

However, seven flights were delayed at departure and another seven on arrival.
On the first day of “Chillai Kalan”, the harshest 40-day period of winter, temperatures rose across Kashmir on Sunday, increasing the chances of the season’s first snowfall. However, minimum temperatures remained below freezing point.

A Met department spokesman said Srinagar recorded a low of minus 1.8 degree Celsius, compared to the previous night’s minus 4.4 degree Celsius. Himachal Pradesh witnessed a clear day on Sunday despite biting cold conditions. About 150 labourers stranded in under-construction Rohtang Tunnel were rescued and airlifted to Bhuntar. The work at the tunnel has been suspended for the winter, R S Rao, Executive Engineer of the Tunnel Project said.

People in Rajasthan’s Churu experienced the coldest night of the season with the mercury near the freezing point at 0.5 degree Celsius.

In Uttar Pradesh, temperature plummeted to below two degree, forcing the authorities to order early winter vacation at schools even as the toll in cold related incidents so far rose to 50 with reports of 15 more deaths in the past 24 hours. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana reeled as temperatures fell below the average, coupled with chilly winds.

Adilabad of northern Telangana recorded 3.9 degrees on Saturday and 4 degrees on Sunday and Hyderabad recorded 11 degrees.

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