Minimum temperatures rise across Northern India
The Kashmir Valley received intermittent snow and rain on Thursday even as minimum temperatures rose across North India.
Delhiites woke up to a slightly warmer day as the minimum temperature rose one degree above normal to settle at 9.8 degrees Celsius. The maximum was recorded at 25.6 degrees, three notches above normal. Minimum temperature had plummeted to 7.7, one degree below normal, on Wednesday with light rain and breeze bringing back the winter chill to the national Capital.
Intermittent snowfall and rain covered wide parts of the Kashmir Valley, where night temperatures marked a slight improvement due to cloudy weather.
It started raining in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley early in the morning, causing the day temperature, which had been on a slide over the past couple of days, to dip further. Snowfall was reported from high-altitude areas, including Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway to the Kashmir Valley, along the 294-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, officials said.
The light snowfall did not disrupt traffic on the arterial road. The situation is being monitored along the Highway on an hourly basis as moderate to heavy snowfall has been forecast at the Pir Panjal range this week, they said.
Reports of snowfall were also received from Shopian in south Kashmir, Sonamarg on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway and Razdan top in Bandipora district. The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, which received couple of inches of snowfall over the past two days, witnessed brief spells of rain since the morning. Gulmarg remained the coldest place in the Valley with a low of minus 8.2 degrees, the weatherman said.
However, Kargil and Leh towns of frontier Ladakh region continued to remain the coldest place in the State despite notable improvement of several notches in the night temperature, which settled at minus nine at both places.
Minimum temperatures increased a couple of notches in Punjab and Haryana on Thursday, bringing relief to those suffering due to the winter chill.
Ludhiana and Patiala in Punjab recorded respective minimums of 11.1 and 12.4 degrees, up by three and four notches each, the Meteorological Department said here. Amritsar, however, had a cold night at six degrees Celsius.
Chandigarh, where overcast conditions prevailed, recorded an overnight temperature of 11.6 degrees Celsius, up two notches.
In Haryana, Ambala registered a low of 12.2, up three degrees Celsius. Bhiwani recorded a low of 13.2, up four degrees, while the minimum at Hisar was 11.4, two above normal. Karnal, where foggy weather prevailed in the morning, recorded a low of 10.6 degrees, up one notch, the weather office said. — PTI