Cold wave intensifies, Drass witnesses coldest day n night

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New Delhi, Jan 14 (UNI) Piercing cold conditions prevailed in north and northwest parts of the country with Drass in Kashmir witnessing the coldest day and night of the winter so far.

The minimum and maximum temperature in Drass dropped to minus 19.5 and minus 6.5 degrees respectively.

Kargil recorded minus 18 degrees while the valley also witnessed coldest day after the maximum temperature at 1430 hrs was recorded at 4.2 and minimum at minus one degrees.

Cold wave conditions continued in Punjab. The Adampur airbase turned out to be the coldest place in the state as mercury dipped to minus 0.6, whereas at Halwara airbase the minimum was recorded at 3.8 degrees. The holy city of Amritsar shivered at 2.0, Pathankot at 4.4 degrees, while in Bathinda the minimum hovered around at 7.0 degrees.

In Haryana the night temperature hovered at 4.7 degrees at Narnaul in Mahendergarh district, turning the town as the coldest place in the state.

Karnal recorded the minimum at 4.8 followed by Ambala 5.6, Hissar 7.1 degrees. Chandigarh settled at 7.0 degrees.

Himachal Pradesh reeled under intense cold wave conditions as people in the tribal districts of Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded minus 3.6 degrees.

Bhuntar in Kullu district recorded 2.0, Sundernagar in Mandi district 2.5 state capital Shimla 3.5 degrees.

In Uttar Pradesh the cold wave made it presence felt again as the North Westerly winds have made the weather chilly.

The minimum temperatures recorded at various places of the state are Meerut at 5.1, Varanasi 5.3, Lucknow 7, Kanpur 7.4, Gorakhpur 8.5 and Allahabad 9.8 degrees Celsius.

The temperature in Rajasthan was brought down by the icy Northerly winds the last few days as Churu and Udaipur remained the coldest places with 2.3 and 2.6 respectively while Pilani recorded at 3.7 degrees.

The minimum temperatures recorded at major places in the state are Jaipur and Bikaneer 5.6, Chittorgarh 6, Ganganagar 6.7, Rawatbhata 6.8, Bharatpur 7.9, Jaisalmer 8.2, Jodhpur 9.9, Kota 10.2, Ajmer 10.4 degrees.

The national capital continued to be under the presence of cold Northwesterly winds. The mercury was recorded at 8 degrees Celsius.

Visibility levels remained normal with visibility recorded at 1500 m in the morning.

In Bihar, the characteristic winter chill returned to the state capital as a result of western disturbances hovering over the state since the last couple of days with the maximum and minimum temperature recorded at 22.6 and 9.4 degrees respectively.

In Manipur the weather remained chilly with the minimum temperature recorded at 4.1 and the maximum at 23.1 degrees.

Cold wave conditions prevailed in some parts of west and northeast Madhya Pradesh.

Night temperatures were appreciably below normal in Meghalaya, west Jharkhand, Jammu, Rayalseema and south interior Karnataka, and in some parts of north Orissa, Punjab and Kerala. They were below normal in north Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu.

Night temperatures were appreciably to markedly above normal in Assam, Sikkim, Madhya Maharashtra, and in some parts of Marathwada. They were above normal in Gujarat and in some parts of south Chhattisgarh.

Rain or thundershowers have occurred at isolated places in Assam and Meghalaya. Mainly dry weather prevailed over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar.

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