New Delhi, Dec 16 (UNI) Despite a bright and sunny day, the night temperatures continued to dip at most places in the northwest with Adampur in Punjab turning out to be the coldest place in the plains today.
The mercury in Uttar Pradesh fell to three degrees Celsius.
Adampur in Punjab turned out to be the coldest place in the plains, recording the minimum temperature at 1.4 degrees, 3 degrees below normal as cold surface winds blew across Punjab.
Uttar Pradesh continued to be in the grip of the cold wave with temperature falling to 3 degrees.
However, the people of UP got some respite with a bright and sunny morning.
According to the Met department, the night temperatures dipped at Lucknow, Agra, Varanasi, Faizabad, Bareilly and Jhansi divisions in the past 24 hours.
Several long distance trains, including the Gareeb Rath, Punjab Mail, Howrah Express, Amarnath and Barauni Express, were running late due to the dense fog. The UP government also released Rs six crore for distributing blankets to the poor.
Piercing coldwave conditions were prevailing in Himachal Pradesh despite a clear sky for the second day with minimum temperatures continuing to remain below normal at several places of the state.
The minimum temperature of 2.3 degrees at Shimla was about 1.7 degrees below normal, while it fell to zero and point six degrees at Bhuntar in Kullu district and Sundernagar in Mandi district respectively.
In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a minimum temperature of 1.8 degrees.
In the Union Territory of Chandigarh, the minimum temperature hovered at about 4.4 degrees while Ambala in Haryana recorded the minimum temperature at 3 degrees. The minimum temperature recorded at Jammu and Srinagar was 5.6 and 5.4 degrees respectively.
Most places in Haryana also recorded a fall in the mercury with Ambala showing 4.6 degrees, 3 degrees below normal, while Narnaul in Mahendergarh district recorded 3.0 degrees, 4 degrees below normal. Rohtak was cold at 3.2 degrees while in Hissar, the minimum fell to 5.9 degrees, one degree below normal. Karnal was cold at 4.2 degrees. 5 degrees below normal.
Delhiites witnessed bright sunlight and a clear weather for the second consecutive day. The maximum temperature was 20.5 degrees as against 21.6 degrees recorded yesterday.
The minimum temperature was however, less than that recorded yesterday. The minimum temperature was 4.4 degrees as against 7 degrees yesterday.
Life came to a standstill in the hill station of Mount Abu in Rajasthan with the minimum temperature recording the lowest of this season at minus three degree celsius.
Churu remained the second coldest place as the minimum temperature dropped to one degree celsius.
Isolated heavy rains occurred at most places in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Rain or thundershowers occurred at isolated places in Tamil Nadu.
Mainly dry weather prevailed over Gujarat, Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Telangana, Rayalseema and Karnataka.
Isolated heavy rains are likely to occur at many places in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Rain or snow are likely to occur at a few places in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and at isolated places in Uttarakhand.
Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at a few places in Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep and at isolated places in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Haryana, Punjab, south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalseema, south interior Karnataka and Kerala.