Intense cold kills 82 nationwide, mercury drops further in NW

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New Delhi, Dec 29 (UNI) With four more deaths in Uttar Pradesh, the nationwide toll due to cold mounted to 82 today as northwest experienced further drop in mercury hovering two degrees to five degrees Celsius below normal at many places in the region.

Uttar Pradesh reported 66 deaths this winter, Gujarat six, Bihar and Punjab four each and Himachal Pradesh two.

Uttar Pradesh once again reeled under chilly weather as cold winds gripped the entire state, dipping the temperature to nearly two degrees Celsius.

The death toll due to cold in the state has mounted to 66 so far, following the death of two persons in Jaunpur and one each in Sant Kabirnagar and Kaushambi.

In the last 24 hrs, Kanpur, Agra, Meerut, Varanasi, Bareilly and Jhansi had witnessed remarkable dip in temperature at night.

Meerut recorded the coldest with 2.2 degrees celsius, which is five degrees below normal.

According to Met department, in the next 24 hrs, weather would remain cold and dry.

Certain areas in the nothwest region, including Sarsawa Adampur and Udhampur, were enveloped in dense fog, reducing visibility considerably, while Ambala, Bhatinda, Halwara, Hindon and Palam in Delhi experienced mist in the morning.

A piercing cold wave swept Punjab, where the night temperature further plummeted, with Adampur, near Jalandhar, turning out to be coldest place in the state. Adampur recorded the minimum temperature at minus 1.2 degrees celsius.

The cold wave also lashed Haryana where the minimum temperature dipped three degrees to five degrees below normal. Rohtak with 2.8 degrees Celsius was the coldest place in the state while Narnaul recorded 3.0 degrees and Ambala 3.4 degrees celsius, four degrees below normal.

The cold wave condition is back in the desert state with Churu recording near sub zero temperature at 0.3 degree Celsius closely followed by Pilani with minimum temperature of 1.1 degree Celsius.

The state capital Jaipur recorded a minimum temperature of 5.5 degree C while Ganganagar reported a minimum temperature of 3.2 degree C.

People in the Kashmir valley experienced coldest night of the winter so far when the minimum temperature dipped to minus 5.6 degree Celsius. However, people in Leh, Kargil and Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, continued to shiver after the temperature dipped to minus 17 degree to minus 20 degree Celsius.

In Himachal Pradesh severe cold wave swept mid and lower hills with tribal areas of the state experiencing freezing cold. Shimla and tourist resorts of Wildflower Hall, Kufri, Naldehra and Narkanda, were also lashed by cold wave. The capital town recorded the minimum at 5.2 degrees celsius, two degrees below normal.

The Met office predicted mainly sunny days in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh during the next 48 hours.

Delhiites woke up to the coldest day of the season as the mercury plummeted to 3.9 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal.

Temperature throughout Bihar remained steady today with the minimum hovering around 6.8 degrees Celsius.

Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at isolated places in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Mainly dry weather will prevail in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Lakshadweep.

Temperature was above normal in some parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Marathwada, Vidarbha, Chattisgarh, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and north interior Karnataka, and was above normal in some parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, south madhya Maharashtra, coastal Karnataka and in remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh. It was normal over rest of the country.

UNI

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