New Delhi, Dec 28 (UNI) Cold wave conditions continued to sweep Northwest India with the mercury hovering one degree to five degrees below normal at many places in the region, touching minus 0.6 degree Celsius at Adampur in Punjab today, while three more lives were lost to intense cold conditions in Uttar Pradesh.
The holy city of Amritsar witnessed 0.6 degrees while Halwara airbase near Ludhiana was cold at 2.8 degrees. The Union Territory of Chandigarh was cold at 7.2 degrees, while the mercury at Ambala in Haryana hovered around 4 degrees.
With a rise in temperature during early and late hours, Uttar Pradesh has received a major respite from the intense cold sweeping the state since last couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, the toll due to cold mounted to 62, following one overnight death each in Mirzapur, Sultanpur and Kaushambi.
According to Met office, Allahabad, Agra and Kanpur witnessed an increase in temperature in the last 24 hrs. Although, the state capital enjoyed a bright sunshine, cool winds continued to make people of Lucknow shiver.
In the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Srinagar plummeted to minus 7 degrees, while in Jammu it recorded 6.6 degrees and in Udhampur it was cold at zero degree.
Himachal Pradesh also reeled under the cold wave as the minimum hovered below freezing point in these areas. The minimum dipped to minus 0.2 degrees at Bhuntar in Kullu district and minus 0.9 degrees at Sundernagar in Mandi district. Icy-cold winds lashed Shimla and its adjoining areas with the capital town recording the minimum at 5.6 degrees which was, however, three degrees above normal.
After yesterday's severe chill, Delhiites had a slight respite with the mercury rising to 6.5 degrees. Yesterday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 4.8 degrees, two degrees below normal.
Very light rains occurred at isolated places in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.
Rains or snow are likely to occur at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Rain or thundershowers are also likely to occur at isolated places in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The nationwide toll stood at 78, with Uttar Pradesh reporting 62 deaths this winter, Gujarat six, Bihar and Punjab four each and Himachal Pradesh two.