After a brief respite, cold conditions on Monday returned to most places in the northern region because of clear sky and chilly winds.

Karnal in Haryana was the coldest place with a low of 4.4°C while night temperature in Ambala dropped to 4.7°C. Narnaul experienced a cold night at 5.5°C while Chandigarh registered a low of 6.8°C.

Cold conditions revived in Punjab, with Amritsar having a low of 5.2°C, Ludhiana 5.5°C and Patiala 5.4°C.

Mercury recorded a drop in Jammu and Kashmir too with the hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir being the coldest place with a low of minus 6.2°C.

Srinagar recorded a low of 1.8°C against 2°C on Sunday, while at Kupwara the minimum temperature was minus 0.7°C and at Kokernag 0.1°C.

Jammu recorded a low of 7.4°C against 6.8°C on Sunday, while Ladakh region continued to reel under intense cold with Leh recording minus 5.4°C.

Higher reaches in Himachal Pradesh continued to remain under the grip of intense cold. Keylong, headquarters of the Lahaul and Spiti district, was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 8.4°C.

Shimla, the Queen of Hills, which recorded 3°C last night, had a sunny day today but icy winds brought down the day temperature to 13.4°C today from 15.2°C on Sunday.

In Rajasthan, Churu was the coldest place with a low of 6.2°C.

People in the national capital woke up to a sunny morning in the absence of fog even as mercury dipped to 7.3°C, two degrees below normal.

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