Cold Wave continues unabated across North India (Roundup)January 9th, 2012 - 11:55 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) The cold wave in North India continued unabated Monday with icy winds and bone-chilling temperatures across the region and at least 140 deaths, mostly of the homeless, reported so far.
In the Kashmir Valley, power was partially restored after authorities repaired the Kishenpur-Wagoora line. The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the valley’s lifeline also opened to one-way traffic after being closed for three days. In the Jammu region, winter capital Jammu recorded a low of 5.1 degrees Celsius.
In neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, capital Shimla saw a moderate spell of snowfall - 24.6 cm of snow - but recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.9 degrees Celsius, the season’s lowest.
Manali received moderate snowfall of 19 cm early Monday. It experienced a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius.
The heavy snowfall in the state’s apple-growing belt brought cheer to apple farmers. It also snapped air and road links in the interior parts of the state.
In Uttarakhand, its capital Dehradun experienced a hailstorm early Monday morning. Weathermen have forecast heavy rain in the city and heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Kumaon and Garhwal in the next 24 hours.
In Punjab, Amritsar was the coldest at 0.4 degree celsius, 3 degrees below normal. Punjab’s largest city, Ludhiana recorded a minimum temperature of 4.3 degrees Celsius.
In Haryana, Hisar town was the coldest at 4.2 degrees Celsius.
Chandigarh, the capital of both states recorded a low of 6 degrees Celsius.
According to the Met Department, the night temperatures in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh will go down.
Delhi witnessed a cold Monday with morning fog blanketing the city and icy winds blowing throughout the day. The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.4 degree Celsius, a notch above average. But with the maximum temperature hovering around 17.6 degrees - three notches below average for this time of the season, it was a cold day for the capital.
At zero degree, Mount Abu was the coldest in Rajasthan, followed by Churu which recorded 0.9 degree celsius. Capital Jaipur recorded a minimum of 5.4 degrees Celsius.
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