North shivers despite rise in temperature

North shivers despite rise in temperature

Rain and snow in some places may have ended dry, cold spell, but north India largely continued to shiver under cold conditions with minimum temperature in Delhi recording the lowest in a month and fog affecting visibility early on Tuesday morning.

The maximum temperature in Delhi settled two notches below the season’s average at 18.3 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 4 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, making it the coldest day of the month so far.

Dense foggy conditions were witnessed between 7 am and 9 am which led to the cancellation of 8 trains including Poorva Express, Shaheed Express and Mahananda Express. Twenty-four trains were also rescheduled and 49 delayed.

Flight operations remained smooth. In Jammu & Kashmir, intermittent rains in plains and moderate snowfall in upper reaches since Tuesday morning ended more than a month long dry spell.

As the skyline was covered by thick clouds since Monday night, weatherman had predicted improvement in temperature. Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, while mercury in ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir settled at minus 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Mercury in south Kashmir’s Pahalgam resort registered an increase of over six degrees from minus 4.8 degrees Celsius the previous night's to settle at a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius.
Leh recorded minus 7.3 degrees Celsius, while the neighbouring Kargil was the coldest in the state at the minimum of minus 10.0 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, cold conditions prevailed in Rajasthan as chilly wind drifted in from the north despite improving temperature.

Churu was the coldest in the state with the minimum of 4.3 degrees, while Pilani registered 5.6 degrees. Jaipur recorded a night temperature of 6 degrees Celsius.

In Himachal Pradesh, intense cold wave conditions persisted in most parts on Thursday even as minimum temperatures rose marginally due to clouded sky. In the state capital Shimla, the minimum temperature dropped from 11.2 degrees to 4.7 degrees.
DHNS & Agencies

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