North India reels under a biting cold wave

December 18th, 2007 - 6:44 pm ICT by admin  

Amritsar/Srinagar, Dec 18 (ANI): North India shivered under intense cold wave conditions on Tuesday morning as freezing temperatures grip the region.
A thick veil of mist enveloped Amritsar where early morning temperatures dipped to as low as 2.6 degree Celsius, about four to five degrees below normal.
Men wrapped in blankets and woollen caps sat huddled around bonfires and thronged tea stalls seeking warmth from steaming cups of tea.
“Everyday, I open my shop at 4 a.m. But these days, there is a great rush of people coming to have tea because of the cold. I burn a fire and the customers come to warm themselves. We are facing a lot of difficulties in our work as the temperatures have dipped below zero degrees,” said Vipun Kumar, a tea stall owner.
Motorists, commuters and school-going children had a tough time as they braved the cold icy winds to attend work and classes.
“We come here from a distance of 12-kilometres and when you drive so far your hands freeze. Early in the morning, when we have to take down notes there is a lot of difficulty in writing. It is so cold that it is intolerable,” said Neha, a student.
Meanwhile, the famous Dal lake in Srinagar was partially frozen as minimum temperatures plummeted to below minus five degree Celsius on Monday night.
However, despite the biting cold tourists flocked to the Dal lake.
“We thought it was fabulous seeing the frozen lake and the cold breeze blowing. This is the season, we can enjoy. We are really excited seeing the ice. I think the Dal lake will freeze completely in a few days more,” said R. T. Singh, a tourist.
The Dal lake was totally frozen when the lowest temperature of minus 12.8 degrees Celsius was recorded on December 13, 1964 and once again in 1986. (ANI)

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