North shivers under wave of biting cold

North shivers under wave of biting cold

North India on Sunday shivered under biting cold as the mercury dipped in several places with dense fog adding to the woes by paralysing road, rail and air traffic.

Meanwhile, intense cold wave, coupled with dense fog, disrupted normal life in most parts of Uttar Pradesh. Churk in the eastern region of the state was the coldest place with a low of 0.5 degree Celsius.

The UP government said there was no fresh death reported in the state due to cold since Saturday. “There is no confirmation regarding death due to cold,” Principal Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal said. In Mathura, minimum temperature was recorded at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Jammu and Kashmir continued to reel under intense cold with the mercury in the state’s summer capital Srinagar settling at minus 4.7 degrees Celsius and Leh recording the season’s coldest night so far.

Severe cold has led to the freezing of parts of many water bodies including the famous Dal Lake located in the heart of the city. Srinagar had witnessed the lowest temperature of this season on Saturday night with the mercury plunging to minus 5.6 degrees Celsius.  Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 17.0 degrees Celsius, a further drop from the previous night’s minus 16.4 degrees Celsius. Kargil, with a low of minus 15.2 degrees Celsius, was the second coldest place.

Biting cold wave also continued unabated in Himachal Pradesh as the minimum temperatures hovered around freezing point in mid and lower hills while tribal areas and higher regions reeled under sub-zero temperature.

The high altitude tribal areas groaned under piercing cold conditions as the mercury stayed 15 to 22 degrees Celsius below the freezing point while minimum temperature in Keylong was recorded at minus 10.4 degrees Celsius.

Una in Shivalik foothills experienced the season’s coldest night with a minimum temperature of minus 3.2 degree Celsius, followed by Manali at minus 2.0. State capital Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 1.9 degrees and Dharamsala 4.2 degrees Celsius.

Extreme cold wave conditions continued to disrupt normal life in parts of Punjab and Haryana with capital city Chandigarh recording its coldest night of the season so far at 2.3 degree Celsius. Several parts of the two states have been witnessing temperatures ranging between 3 to 5 degrees Celsius. A thick layer of fog engulfing most parts of the region reduced visibility up to less than 50 meters in many places.

In Haryana, Hisar touched 3 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature in Ambala was registered at 3.5 degree Celsius. In Rajasthan too, Churu recorded the state’s lowest temperature at 1.4 degrees Celsius.

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