Cold wave continues in North

Cold wave continues in North

Freezing winter conditions coupled with overcast skies in several areas kept the north firmly under the grip of the cold with fog also affecting life across the region where there is a forecast for rain or snowfall in some parts in the coming days.

Cloudy skies and traces of rainfall and icy winds caused the day temperature to drop four notches below the normal in Delhi, where the minimum, however, rose four points above the season’s average.

Thus, the maximum in the national capital was recorded at 17.5 degrees Celsius today while the minimum was at 9.5 degrees. Moderately foggy conditions in the morning saw three trains being cancelled while 20 of them were rescheduled with 40 trains running late by several hours.

The weatherman has predicted a spell or two of light rain or thundershowers in the city on Thursday along with shallow fog in the morning while there is also a similar forecast for isolated places in western Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, in UP, a 19-year-old girl was killed and six others injured when the vehicle they were travelling in overturned due to dense fog in Pratapgarh district. Fog occurred at most places across the state where the mercury fell appreciably in the Gorakhpur, Faizabad, Lucknow, Bareilly and Meerut divisions. The lowest minimum recorded in the state was 2.8 degrees at Fursatganj. 

In Jammu and Kashmir, overcast conditions gave residents of Kashmir and Ladakh regions some reprieve from as the night temperatures went up by several notches at most places. The Met office has predicted isolated rains or snowfall over higher reaches in next three days.

Minimum temperature in Srinagar settled at 1.7 degrees Celsius, four notches above from minus 2.4 degrees of the previous night, the official said.