Intense cold wave continues to grip North India and Mumbai

February 10th, 2008 - 5:03 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi/Mumbai, Feb 10 (ANI): Northern India continues to shiver under intense cold wave conditions as several regions reeled under extremely low temperatures.

In Delhi temperature plummeted to 5.6 degrees Celsius with chilly winds.

Amritsar recorded the lowest temperature at 0.1 degree Celsius, six notches below normal. While Adampur shivered at 1.8 degrees Celsius.

Piercing cold wave also lashed Haryana as the mercury hovered at three and 3.2 degrees Celsius at Ambala and Karnal respectively.

Rajasthan is also experiencing intense cold wave. The hill resort Mount Abu reeled under freezing temperature.

Cold wave also swept most places in Himachal Pradesh. Keylong and Kinnaur towns continued to be under the impact of severe cold wave with minus 11.3 degrees Celsius and minus 7.2 degrees Celsius respectively.

The Jammu-Srinagar Highway was reopened today after remaining closed for seven consecutive days following heavy snowfall and landslides.

According to the State Traffic Department Spokesman, the traffic on the arterial road was restricted to one-way.

Over 1700 vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essential supplies to Kashmir, were allowed to move ahead, he added.

He went on to say that no vehicle was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu on the highway.

The 300-kilometers highway was closed on February 3 after heavy snowfall and landslides at Panthal, Ramban, Patnitop and Jawahar Tunnel.

The highway is the only road link between the Kashmir Valley and the rest of the country

The hill resort of Pahalgam recorded minus 16 degrees Celsius followed by Kupwara at minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, Bhaderwah at minus 7.8 degrees Celsius, Banihal at minus 7.7 degrees Celsius, Qazigund at minus 6.8 degrees Celsius, Batote at minus four degrees Celsius and Srinagar at minus 3.4 degrees Celsius.

The cold spell in the North had its effect on Maharashtra also where Nasik reeled under a low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai recorded the lowest temperature in 48 years at 8.5 degrees Celsius. (ANI)

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