The cold wave persisted in several parts of the country on Friday with five more people succumbing to intense cold conditions in Uttar Pradesh.

Three persons were reported dead in Barabanki district and two in Jaunpur, taking the death toll so far this winter to 254.

The lowest minimum temperature in the State was -0.5 degree, recorded at Najibabad (Bijnore).

In the East, Aizawl in Mizoram saw the coldest day recorded since 1996 with a minimum temperature of 5.6 degrees. Frequent power cuts due to excess power consumption in search of warmth left people shivering.

In the North, Kashmir Valley braved frigid night conditions with Kargil town in the cold desert of Ladakh being the coldest recorded place in the State registering a low of minus 18.6 degrees as compared to Thursday’s minus 18.2 degrees.

The night temperature in the J&K summer capital Srinagar fell from Thursday’s low of minus 2.6 degrees to settle at a minimum of minus 4. However, the minimum temperature in the famous skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was minus 9 degrees Celsius -- slightly up as compared to the previous night’s minus 9.2 degrees.

The weatherman has predicted improvement in night temperatures across the valley and the frontier region of Ladakh on Saturday and Sunday with a possibility of fresh snowfall in wide areas of the State.

Cold conditions prevailed in most parts of Punjab and Haryana with night temperatures a notch or two below normal.

Rajasthan registered slight relief with night temperatures, which were in the range of 6.8 degrees Celsius to 11.4 degrees Celsius at most places, going up a few notches.

The national Capital, New Delhi, experienced a pleasant day with a slight nip in the air. The city registered a maximum of 22.7 degrees Celsius, which was two degrees above normal, said the weatherman. The minimum was 7.7 degrees, normal for this period. - PTI

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