Cold aggravates in Punjab, Haryana; some relief for J&K

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Cold wave: People warming themselves around a bonfire in Allahabad on Monday.
Cold wave: People warming themselves around a bonfire in Allahabad on Monday.

Chandigarh: Cold wave conditions sweeping Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for the past several days further aggravated on Monday with the temperature plummeting by up to seven degrees from normal while several parts of the region remained covered in thick fog.

According to Met forecast, freezing cold conditions along with fog would continue in several parts of Punjab and Haryana.

Amritsar in Punjab was the coldest place in the North recording 0 degree Celsius, Met office said here. Ludhiana and Patiala also saw the minimum temperature falling to 0.2 degree C and 2.4 degree C respectively.

In Haryana, the minimum temperature at Ambala and Rohtak was 0.3 degree C and 0.9 degree C. The minimum temperature in Karnal was 2 degree. The temperature at Hisar was 6.7 degree Celsius. The mercury in Chandigarh also dipped to 3.2 degree C.

Mount Abu 1 degree C

Jaipur: Mount Abu remained the coldest place in Rajasthan with a minimum temperature of 1 degree Celsius followed by Ganganagar at 5.4 degrees Celsius, a MET official said here. Churu shivered at 6.1 C, while Sikar and Pilani chilled at 8.5 and 6.9 degree Celsius respectively. Jaisalmer recorded a low of 10 C followed by Jodhpur at 10.2 C. Ajmer recorded a minimum of 11.2 C followed by Barmer at 11.3 C. Kota recorded a low of 12 degrees Celsius, while the minimum at Jaipur was 13.3 degrees Celsius.

Some respite

Srinagar: People in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir had a respite from intense cold on Monday with the day and night temperatures rising by a few notches even as Ladakh region continued to shiver with the temperature further plummeting in Kargil and Leh districts. The day temperature shot up to 11.3 degrees Celsius in Srinagar as against 7.2 degrees Celsius recorded on Sunday bringing relief to residents, the Met office here said. The night temperature was minus 2.6 degrees Celsius in the city as against minus 3.7 degrees Celsius recorded on Sunday.

However, Ladakh region continued to shiver with the minimum temperature dipping to minus 15.2 degrees Celsius in Kargil and minus 14.0 degrees C in Leh districts. Qazigund, Kokernag and Pahalgam in south Kashmir also recorded a high of 11.1, 9.6 and 8.8 degrees C on Monday as against 4.7, 6.2 and 6.2 degrees C yesterday. In Jammu the day temperature was 19.7 degrees Celsius. Katra recorded a high of 17.1 degrees C followed by Bhaderwah (16.0), Banihal (15.1) and Batote (14.0 degrees C). -- PTI



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