No respite from cold in North India

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Visibility improved to 700 metres at 8:30 am and skies remained clear throughout the day, a Meteorological (MeT) department official said.

Cold wave conditions also prevailed in northern parts of Rajasthan with Sriganganagar being the coldest recorded place at 1.9 degrees Celsius while dense to very dense fog occurred at isolated parts of the state.

However, the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where ski slopes are under several feet of snow, witnessed an improvement of about 3 degree from Thursday in the night temperature and settled at minus 5.4 degree, which is above normal.

Also, Ambala in Haryana settled at a low of 10.5 degrees Celsius, which was said to be four notches above normal. Kashmir is under the grip of "Chillai-Kalan", the 40-day period of harshest winter when the chances of snowfall are maximum.


A weather department official said Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of -4.6 celsius during the night. It ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in the Valley.

The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag dipped and settled at minus 3.2 degree, minus 4.5 degree and minus 2 degree, respectively. Patna recorded a minimum temperature of 6.3 degree celsius while it was 7 degree celsius in Purnea, and in Gaya, the minimum was 7.7 degrees.

In high-altitude areas of the Himachal Pradesh, the mercury stayed between minus 15 and minus 22 degrees Celsius on Saturday while lakes, springs and rivulets were frozen. Minimum temperatures in several parts of Punjab and Haryana remained several notches below normal.

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