Overcast sky at many places; rain and snowfall likely

Most of North India saw an upward surge in temperatures on Saturday with the minimum rising as the sky remained overcast in many areas amid forecasts of rain.

Delhi got relief from the dense fog which had hit rail and air traffic on Friday, while the temperature rose above normal under partially cloudy skies. The maximum in Delhi on Saturday was 24.2 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 9.4 degrees.

The weatherman has predicted a foggy morning and a cloudy Sunday with the possibility of rain or thundershowers in the evening or at night.

Up in the Himalayas, Kashmir got much-needed relief from a two-month-long chill as night temperature rose by several degrees across the Valley.

The minimum in Srinagar touched 3.1 with the forecast for the Valley of light rain or snowfall over the next 24 hours.

In Himachal Pradesh, the intense cold eased marginally as minimum increased by two to five degrees along with a slight rise in the maximum.

The change in weather follows on the heels of warnings of heavy rain and snowfall in the region from this Monday to Wednesday.

The minimum temperature in Keylong was minus 5.9 while in Manali it was 2. The sky remained overcast throughout the day and sunshine eluded the region with heavy snowfall and thunderstorms expected in the higher hills of the State over the coming days.

People in Punjab and Haryana, too, experienced a welcome change as minimum temperature rose by 2 to 7 notches above normal in both States. In Chandigarh, the temperature was up by four degrees from Friday to settle at 13 while minimum temperature in places like Ludhiana and Patiala registered an improvement by six to seven notches. - PTI