People in most parts of the northern region today witnessed a chilly day as the mercury dipped by a few notches with Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir freezing at minus 11.8 degrees.

Despite sunny conditions in Himachal Pradesh, there was no respite from the cold wave. Keylong, district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, was the coldest place with a minimum temperature of minus 12.2 degrees Celsius.

The capital Shimla recorded a low of 3.1 degrees while the day temperature settled at 13, a slight fall against yesterday’s 14.3 degrees Celsius, Met office said.

Parts of Rajasthan received light showers, even as night temperature further dipped in the state with Churu and Ganganagar being the coldest places settling at 6 degrees.

Bikaner and Jaipur recorded 8 and 11 degree Celsius respectively.

In the national capital, the mercury plummeted to around nine degrees Celsius after remaining above 10 degrees for the last couple of days.

The minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 9.4 degree Celsius, down by 1.2 degrees from yesterday’s 10.6, a Met Department official said. Today’s minimum, however, was one degree above normal during this period of the year.

The mercury hovered between two degrees Celsius below normal to four notches above normal in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

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