However, chill kills eight more in U.P.
The chill played the dampener in the festive season in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, claiming eight more lives in the State even as other northern states and Bihar witnessed a bright sunny day with the temperature registering a slight rise.
Eight persons succumbed to severe cold conditions in UP, taking the State-wide toll to 121 this winter. While three deaths were reported from Gonda, two died in Barabanki and one each in Basti, Sitapur and Gorakhpur.
Najibabad at minimum 2 degrees Celsius was the coldest place in the State.
State capital Lucknow recorded a low of 3.2 degrees C, while it was 4.1 degrees C in Varanasi and 3.6 degrees in Kanpur.
Cold continued to make life miserable for people in Assam with the temperature falling to 8 degrees in Guwahati and a thick blanket of fog engulfing most parts of the State.
However, the sun shone brightly bringing much relief to the people in Bihar, which was in the grip of intense chill since past fortnight.
The minimum temperature too witnessed a moderate increase across the State as the chill in the air subsided. Patna recorded a minimum of 4 degrees, up from Wednesday's 3.7. The temperature at Purnia settled at 4 degrees C, Muzaffarpur 5.2 C and Bhagalpur 7.8 C.
Sabour block in Bhagalpur district was the coldest place in the State with a minimum at 2.5 degrees C.
Punjab and Haryana also got some relief from the bone-chilling cold as there was a marginal increase in minimum temperature in the region.
Ludhiana at a low of 2.8 degrees C was coldest in the plains in the two States, while Amritsar braved a minimum of 3.4 degrees. Patiala recorded a low of 3.9, while it was 4.9 C in Rohtak and 6.2 in Ambala. The temperature in Chandigarh settled at 5.2 C. However, a thick blanket of fog reduced visibility at several places in the region due to which several trains were running late.
Srinagar also got relief from the freezing temperature with the mercury settling at 1.6 degrees C. This is the first time this winter that the minimum in Srinagar rose above zero degree.
However, the cold wave continued to intensify in other parts of Jammu & Kashmir with the mercury in Leh plunging to - 20.4 degrees C, making it the coldest place in the State.
Kargil recorded a minimum of - 15.4 degrees, while it was - 8.5 in Gulmarg skiing resort and -3.2 in the hill resort of Pahalgam.
After days of biting chill, rising mercury brought relief to the people in Rajasthan. Sriganganagar, which at 1.5 degrees C was the coldest place yesterday, settled at 4.4 degrees. Mount Abu recorded a minimum temperature of 4 degrees C, Pilani 8.4 degrees C followed by Jaipur at 9 degrees C. - PTI