Rain and snowfall lashed North India on Monday bringing down the mercury, with inclement weather likely to continue in the coming days.
A fresh bout of snowfall lashed parts of the Kashmir Valley, while Srinagar witnessed rain which brought down the minimum marginally to 2.2 degrees as against Sunday night’s 4.1 degrees. The summer Capital received 2.6mm rain during the night.
The picturesque Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus five degrees, two notches up from Sunday night’s minus seven degrees, and received 11 inch of fresh snowfall. The weatherman has forecast heavy snowfall across the Valley over the next few days, with road and air traffic likely to face disruptions.
Himachal Pradesh was reeling from intense cold after another spell of heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of the State, while the middle and lower hills, including State Capital Shimla, were lashed by rain and sleet accompanied by icy, strong winds.
Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti, and Kalpa in Kinnaur district had received 35 cm to 40 cm snow by afternoon, while the sprawling Dhauladhar and Churdhar ranges were covered with 75 cm to 100 cm snow. Snowfall and rain has thrown normal life out of gear in several parts of the State, including Dharamsala. The sky remained heavily overcast throughout the day and the local weather office has warned of more rains and snowfall in the next two days.
Several parts of Punjab and Haryana also reported light to moderate rainfall as minimum temperatures rose sharply by up to eight notches above normal. Chandigarh received 3.8 mm rainfall and recorded a minimum of 13.7 degrees, while in Haryana, Bhiwani, with 4.6 mm rain, saw the mercury settle at a low of 10.4. The weatherman has forecast light to moderate rainfall over the next 48 hours with chances of hail or thunderstorm at isolated places across the States.
Light rain and thundershowers occurred at isolated places in western Uttar Pradesh although the weather remained mainly dry over eastern parts of the State. Night temperatures rose markedly in Lucknow, Bareilly, Moradabad, Agra and Meerut divisions with rain and thundershowers expected at many places in western U.P. and at a few places in eastern parts of the State in the next 48 hours.
Rajasthan reported some relief on Monday as the cold subsided in parts of the State, where Sriganganagar recorded the lowest temperature at 11.2 degrees Celsius. Other places recorded minimum temperatures between 13 degrees to 17.3 degrees, with the weatherman predicting light showers in isolated areas.
For Delhiites it was a chilly day after a spell of relatively warm weather as intermittent light rain lashed parts of the city and the maximum dropped to 19.3 degrees Celsius from Sunday’s 26.3 degrees. The national Capital recorded 1.6mm rainfall between 9 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. on Monday with the sky remaining overcast throughout the day. The minimum temperature was 11.7 degrees. The cloudy conditions are likely to continue on Tuesday as well.
Dehra Dun Staff
Snowfall in the higher reaches and moderate to heavy rain in the plains brought down temperatures across Uttarakhand on Monday.
The worst hit were school children who could be seen going and coming back amidst incessant rain and the chilly winds, with most parents urging the authorities to close schools for the next few days.
In Dehra Dun, the day temperature fell about four degrees Celsius from about 18.4 degrees on Sunday. Heavy snow was reported from Uttarkashi, Tehri, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh and Munsyari.
Cold conditions, snow and rain will continue for at least the next 24 hours, said State Meteorological Centre director Anand Sharma.