New Delhi, Jan 27 (UNI) Chilly conditions continued to prevail unabated in North India today with Pahalgam in South Kashmir recording minus 15 degrees Celsius even as five more deaths took the nation-wide toll to 177 in the season.
As many as five people died of biting cold in the last 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh with temperature being recorded at zero degree Celsius at Saharanpur.
Two people died of cold in Siddharthnagar whereas severe cold in Sant Kabirnagar, Sonbhadra and Moradabad claimed one each.
Pahalgam, the most attractive tourist destination and base camp for Amarnath cave in south Kashmir, was the coldest place in the valley after the minimum temperature dipped to minus 15 degrees this morning.
However, the day temperature was 3 degrees in the tourist resort after the clouds enveloped the sun.
There was no respite from the intense cold wave in the North West with minimum temperature staying below zero degree mark at Amritsar and Adampur, near Jalandhar for the third successive day.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Adampur was cold at minus 2.3 degrees Celsius, turning it into the coldest place in North West plains.
Amritsar was cold at minus 1.6 degrees, six degrees below normal.
The IAF base at Halwara recorded the minimum at 0.8 degrees.
Haryana too experienced piercing cold condition where night temperatures fell and were recorded between two to five degrees below normal. Narnaul was the coldest place with the temperature dipping to 1.3 degrees while Ambala was cold at 1.5 degrees, five degrees below normal.
The temperature also dipped in Karnal and was recorded at 3.2 degrees while Hisar recorded 4.0 degrees and Rohtak 3.2 degrees, four degrees below normal.
The residents of Chandigarh, which was cold at 3.5 degrees, four degrees below normal last night, heaved a sign of relief following clear weather during the day.
The People in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh continued to shiver as icy cold winds swept across the state. The capital town of Shimla, which had the year's first snowfall yesterday was cold at minus 2.5 degrees. However, a bright and sunny morning brought some relief for the residents of the hill resort.
Bhuntar in Kullu district and Sundernagar in Mandi district were cold at minus 0.2 degrees and minus 1.5 degrees respectively.
The cold weather in the National capital staged a comeback with minimum temperature tugging to 5.9 degrees.
With snowfall having reported in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh, the ripple effect was being felt here, said the weatherman.
Though the minimum temperature was nearly two degrees more than yesterday's four degrees, still it was two degrees below normal at this time of the year, he added.
The northern and western parts of Rajasthan also continued to reel under intense cold wave as the weather department forecast formation of ground frost in these areas in the next 24 hours.
According to the Met department, Pilani in Shekhawati region has recorded the lowest minimum temperature at 0.1, while Ganganagar and Churu followed with 0.2 and 0.3 degrees respectively.
Bikaner recorded a minimum temperature of 1.2, Jaisalmer 2.3, Barmer 5.5, Dabok 6, Jaipur and Jodhpur 6.4, kota 8.1, and Ajmer 8.3 degrees in the last twenty four hours.
Cyclonic circulation over Bangladesh and adjacent areas coupled with westerly trough of low pressure on the western disturbance and another cyclonic pressure over Eastern UP, Bihar and Bengal have brought rain and snow over Sikkim and the eastern Himalayan region with temperatures plummeting all over the state.
With slight rise in mercury level, people in Patna experienced a sunny weather throughout the day.
UNI Team SB RN1907