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Cold wave relentless in north India

Many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall while plains experienced intermittent rains as cold continued its grip over parts of north India, with Leh shivering at a low of minus-9.5 degree Celsius.

Fresh snowfall in parts of the higher reaches of Kashmir, including at Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road in Shopian, Sonamarg, Amarnath Cave Shrine, Razdan Pass, Sadhna Top and Gurez and intermittent rains in plains, broke the long dry spell in the region.

Improvement

The hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which serves as the base camp for annual Amarnath Yatra, received light snowfall and there was an improvement of four notches in the minimum temperature which settled at minus-1.9 degree Celsius, an official of the MeT Department said. Most of the areas in the plains, including summer Capital Srinagar, experienced intermittent rains, the official said.

Meanwhile in Delhi, chilly morning failed to dampen the spirit of people who thronged the majestic Rajpath to be part of the 67th Republic Day celebrations.



Meanwhile, cold wave conditions continued to persist across Punjab and Haryana today, with Amritsar reeling at 2.6 degrees Celsius.

In Rajasthan, there was no let up in the cold wave condition since January 15 as people in Pilani shivered at the lowest temperature of 4.3 degrees Celsius last night, and dense fog disrupted normal life and vehicular traffic in north-east of the State, a MeT official said on Tuesday. Dense fog appeared in north-eastern region of Rajasthan covering Alwar, Bharatpur, Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Bikaner, and parts of Jaipur district, and rail and road services were affected. - PTI



Upper reaches of Kashmir Valley receive fresh snowfall as Leh

shivers at minus-9.5 degree Celsius