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Intense chill haunts Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana

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SNOW AS FAR AS THE EYE GOES:A snow-cutter clearing the road to make way for tourists in Gulmarg near Srinagar on Friday.– Photo: Nissar Ahmad
SNOW AS FAR AS THE EYE GOES:A snow-cutter clearing the road to make way for tourists in Gulmarg near Srinagar on Friday.– Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Cold conditions prevailed in most parts of North India on Friday with the mercury dipping to sub-zero levels at several places even as a bright sunshine greeted the Capital.

It was a pleasant day for Delhiites as the city witnessed a bright and clear day and temperatures remained normal. The maximum temperature was 21.7 degrees Celsius and the minimum 8.4. The humidity ranged from 96% to 46%.

Meanwhile, intense cold tightened its grip on Jammu & Kashmir with Srinagar recording a low of minus 2.7 degrees Celsius as against Thursday’s minus 2.2 degrees Celsius.

The famous ski resort of Gulmarg settled at a low of minus14 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam recorded a minimum of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir, registered minimum minus 3.6 degrees Celsius as against Thursday’s minus 1.9 degrees Celsius.

The mercury came down over four notches in Leh and Kargil in the cold desert region of Ladakh, with the twin towns recording a low of minus 17.6 degrees Celsius and minus 15 degrees Celsius respectively.

A bitter cold wave continued to sweep most places in Punjab and Haryana.

Amritsar recorded a low of 3.8 degrees Celsius, while it was a minimum of 8.4 degrees in Patiala.

In Haryana, Hisar recorded a low of 7.5 degrees Celsius, Karnal 6.2 degrees Celsius and Narnaul 6.6 degrees.

Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two neighbouring States, registered a minimum of 7 degrees Celsius.

The mercury continued its downward spiral in tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh with Keylong shivering at minus14.5 degrees Celsius, six points below normal.

An avalanche threat loomed large over tribal areas and people were been advised not to venture out for the next two days. All schools have been closed till February 11.

The mercury hovered between minus 1.5 degrees Celsius and minus 0.6 degree at the key tourist resort of Manali, bracing for a winter carnival from today (Saturday), and Bhuntar.

Thick ground frost occurred at several places in the hill State and vehicular traffic was affected due to slippery road conditions. - PTI

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