Delhi shivers; rain, snowfall lash North

Delhi shivers; rain, snowfall lash North

The national Capital has received 15.8 mm rainfall since Friday evening, with low clouds and fog bringing down the temperature.

On Saturday, the minimum and maximum temperatures hovered around 9.2 and18 degree Celsius respectively. Maximum temperature had plummeted to 14.6 degree Celsius on Friday, making it the second coldest day in February in 43 years. “There was shallow fog in the morning. The sky was partly cloudy on Saturday,” said an India Metrological Department (IMD) official.

Minimum temperature on Sunday is expected to remain around 7 degree Celsius, which is four notches below the season’s average.

Meanwhile, northern India was troubled by inclement weather on Saturday as widespread snowfall and rain hit the region, adding to the continuing chill. Wet weather prevailed up north in Jammu and Kashmir, where, amid widespread rainfall, the tourist resort town of Pahalgam received 4.8 cm of fresh snow.

The summer capital of Srinagar recorded a low of 0.6 degrees Celsius even as the city received 0.5mm rainfall.

Kargil in Ladakh region, recorded the coldest temperature in the state at –13.8 degrees while the nearby Leh registered a minimum of – 6.9 degrees after being hit with 0.1 cm of fresh snowfall.

Icy winds swept Uttarakhand on Saturday as the chill intensified in the state amid snowfall in the higher districts and moderate showers elsewhere. The hill districts received snowfall for the second straight day as fresh deposits blocked nearly half-a-dozen roads, including the Joshimath-Auli and Mandal-Chopta routes in Chamoli district and Rishikesh-Yamunotri and Rishikesh- Gangotri highways in Uttarkashi.

Mussoorie received fresh snowfall in the morning while a hailstorm lashed Dehradun in the evening, adding to the chill. Punjab and Haryana were, meanwhile, lashed by showers for the second day on Saturday with heavy rainfall of 18.9mm being reported in the Union Territory and common capital of Chandigarh till early this morning.

Ambala in Haryana got 15.8mm rainfall while Karnal witnessed showers measuring 15.6mm. In Punjab, Ludhiana recorded a minimum of 10 degrees Celsius under wet conditions while Patiala registered 23.9mm rainfall and saw the mercury settle at 10.5 degrees.

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