Cold wave continues across North India (Roundup)

January 10th, 2012 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) The cold wave persisted across north India Tuesday with most states registering low temperatures.

Most of the lakes and other water bodies started freezing in the Kashmir Valley Tuesday as the maximum temperature also fell below zero degree Celsius for the first time this season.

Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.8 degrees Tuesday. The minimum temperature in Pahalgam was minus 11.4 while it was minus 16.2 at Gulmarg. Leh in Ladakh recorded minus 14.8 degrees.

Another western disturbance is approaching the Kashmir Valley by the weekend, and under its influence there could be major snowfall in the region, Met Office said.

Himachal Pradesh saw a bright, sunny Tuesday. Shimla, which saw 0.8 cm of snow till Tuesday morning, touched a night temperature of minus 2.1 degrees Celsius whereas the maximum was only 7.8 degrees. Manali in Kullu district recorded a low of minus 7 degrees Celsius early Tuesday, the season’s lowest.

The Met office in Shimla warned that the state is in line for more snow this weekend.

Amritsar in Punjab was freezing at minus two degrees Celsius Tuesday morning, five degrees below normal. The maximum temperature recorded in the city was 15.6 degrees, three degrees below normal.

Hisar, Rohtak and Karnal towns in neighbouring Haryana also saw the minimum temperatures dipping to 1.7, 1.7 and 2.4 degrees Celsius respectively.

In Chandigarh, the low and high recorded were 4.6 and 16 degrees respectively.

Met officials here said that the cold wave would persist over the region with icy winds.

The national capital reeled under intense cold with chilly winds blowing across the city Tuesday.

The minimum temperature was recorded three notches below average at 4.5 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature settled at 17.9 degrees — also three notches below normal.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast a further dip in the mercury on Wednesday.

In Agra, Uttar Pradesh, winter vacations of schools, which were to open Tuesday, have been extended till Jan 15 due to the intense cold.

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