Mercury stays low in HP as winter chill prevails in Northwest

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New Delhi, Jan 15 (UNI) The minimum remained below minus 10 to minus 25 degrees Celsius in the tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh as northwest India remained in the grip of winter chill inspite of a rise in the minimum temperatures in the region today.

Cold surface winds blew across the plains with the sun occasionally peeping through the skies.

Adampur with 3.8 degrees turned out to be coldest place in Punjab. The holy city of Amritsar recorded 4.2 degrees , followed by Patiala registering 7.2 degrees and Ludhiana 8.1 degrees.

In Haryana, Ambala was the coldest place recording 7.3 degrees while Hissar showed 7.8 degrees, five degrees above normal.

The minimum rose to 8.0 degrees at Narnaul in Mahendergarh district which was three degrees above normal. The minimum also settled at 8.0 degrees at Karnal.

Night temperatures rose by two to three degrees across Himachal Pradesh due to continuing dry weather spell and overcast conditions in the state during the past 24 hours.

Intense cold wave conditions prevailed in the tribal areas where temperatures continued to remain below minus 10 to minus 25 degrees following which the natural water sources have frozen.

Piercing coldwave was also prevailing in the lower parts of the state were dense fog was affecting normal life with the sun being visible only after 1100 hrs.

The minimum hovered below freezing point in the tribal districts of Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur and Pangi and Bharmour areas in Chamba district. The minimum hovered at minus 1.4 degrees at Kalpa in Kinnaur district.

Kullu valley also continued to be under the impact of cold wave as the temprature stayed low. The minimum stayed at 2.7 degrees at Bhuntar in Kullu district.

People groaned under piercing cold wave in Kashmir valley with Srinagar recording 0.8 degrees while Jammu showed 7.7 degrees.

Chandigarh also recorded a rise in the minimum temperature from 7.0 degrees to 9.2 degrees. However, cold surface winds blew across the city during the day.

Continuing its rising trend over the past couple of days, the minimum temperature in Delhi today reached 9.8 degrees, three degrees above normal, even as the Northwesterly winds maintained a chill in the air for the third consecutive day. The Met office has forecast a partly cloudy sky in Delhi during the next 24 hours.

After a few days of winter chill due to westerly wind, people in Patna and its neighbouring districts today experienced some respite.

The local Met office said the maximum temperature was recorded at 22.5 degrees and the minimum at 9.8 degrees.

The weatherman said night temperatures were markedly below normal in some parts of Rayalseema, and appreciably below normal in some parts of coastal and north interior Karnataka. They were below normal in some parts Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Jharkhand, Bihar, west Uttar Pradesh, west Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Tamil Nadu.

Night temperatures were appreciably to markedly above normal in some parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat, north Madhya Maharashtra, and Marathwada. They were above normal in some parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Punjab, south Madhya Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Telangana, and in remaining parts of Rajasthan.

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