3 more deaths in UP, nationwide toll 45, Dal lake freezes

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New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) Three more cold wave deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hours taking the nationwide toll to 45 as parts of the Dal lake in Jammu and Kashmir froze.

UP reported 36 deaths this winter, Gujarat six, Himachal two and Punjab one.

Uttar Pradesh reeled under cold climatic conditions.

In Mahoba, two people died in the last 24 hours due to cold, while another succumbed in Siddharthnagar.

Rail and road traffic was affected due to dense fog.

There was a dip in night temperatures at various places.

The minimum temperature in Sultanpur stood at 4.9 degrees Celsius, Lucknow at 5.4, Kanpur at 5.2, Jhansi at 6.8 and Allahabad 7.1 . Varanasi, Bareilly and Bahraich recorded 6.1 degrees, 7.4 and 7.7 degrees respectively, while Gorakhpur recorded minimum temperature at 7.9 degrees.

In Kashmir, parts of world famous Dal Lake were again frozen this morning as people in Kashmir witnessed coldest night after the minimum temperature dipped to minus 5.4 degrees in Srinagar, while Jammu registered 5.3 degrees.

The northwest was lashed by cold wave with the minimum temperatures hovering below normal touching 0.6 degrees at Adampur in Punjab. The Met office warned of frost formation in Punjab and Haryana during the next two nights.

In Punjab the minimum temperature in Amritsar dipped to 1.2 degrees, followed by Patiala recording 4.9, Ludhiana registering 5.9, Pathankot at 4.4 and Bathinda 5.4 degrees.

Some parts of Haryana also reeled under the cold wave as Narnaul in Mahendergarh district and Rohtak recorded 4.0 degrees each, while Karnal recording 4.2 degrees and Ambala 4.4, Hissar recorded 6.3 degrees.

Chandigarh despite bright sunshine recorded the minimum temperature at 5.4 degrees.

Himachal Pradesh is also experiencing piercing cold conditions, especially in tribal areas as the mercury hovered at minus 4.1 degrees at Kalpa in Kinnaur district, 0.4 degrees at Sundernagar in Mandi and 0.5 degrees at Bhuntar in Kullu and state capital Shimla at 2.6 degrees.

In Bihar the mercury nosedived to 7.3 degrees making it the coldest day of the season in the state capital as the maximum was recorded at 22.2 degrees with clear weather and bright sunlight.

The minimum temperature at Gaya was recorded at 6.8 degrees, Bhagalpur 12.6 degrees and Purnia 7.8 degrees.

In Bengal a sudden cold spell accompanied by gusty winds gripped the state with temperature hovering almost at freezing point in the hills of Darjeeling and much below the normal in the plains.

The plains of Purulia and its neighbouring districts in southern Bengal recorded 8.7 degrees. In Birbhum district temperature was nine degrees and similar cold weather condition prevailed in the major parts of six districts of north Bengal.

The national capital is still under biting cold conditions with the minimum remaining at 4.6 degrees and maximum at 21 degrees.

Rain or thundershowers have occurred at isolated places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Mainly dry weather prevailed over Gujarat, Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

Night temperatures were appreciably below normal in some parts of west Rajasthan, Jharkhand, southeast Rajasthan and north Gujarat, and in north Madhya Pradesh.

Night temperatures were appreciably to markedly above normal in Manipur, north Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and in some parts of south Gujarat, Marathwada, Rayalseema, and coastal Karnataka. They were above normal in Tripura and Himachal Pradesh and in some parts of Assam, Meghalaya, south Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, north Chattisgarh and Tamil Nadu.

UNI

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