Respite from cold in north-west, Delhi

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New Delhi, Feb 16 (UNI) Bright sunshine greeted the people in the north-west as night temperatures rose appreciably in the region.

The night temperatures marginally increased in Punjab with Amritsar recording 3.2 degrees Celsius, 4 degrees below normal, while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded 5.5 and 7.2 degrees respectively.

Adampur, near Jalandhar, Pathankot and Bhatinda also showed a rise in the minimum temperatures, recording 3.6 degrees, 7.8 degrees and 6.6 degrees respectively.

The mercury also showed upward movement in Haryana where certain areas reeled under cold wave. The minimum increased from 3.7 degrees to 7.9 degrees at Ambala, 5.0 degrees to 7.4 degrees at Karnal, 3.0 degrees to 4.0 degrees at Narnaul, 4.5 degrees to 7.0 degrees at Rohtak and 6.8 degrees to 10.4 degrees celsius at Hissar.

However, the minimum temperature hovered below normal by 1 degree to 4 degrees in Punjab and Haryana, where the cold wave prevailing in some pockets, was likely to abate in a day, according to the Met Office.

The Union Territory of Chandigarh registered a steep hike in the minimum temperature. It was 9.4 degrees as against yesterday's 6.0 degrees.

Delhiites woke up to a warm morning with the mercury rising to 9.5 degrees, providing relief from the cold wave conditions.

The normal temperature for this time of the year is 10 degrees, the weatherman said.

The maximum temperature had also been registering an upward trend with the mercury settling at 25.9 degrees Celsius yesterday.

Parts of Himachal Pradesh also recorded a rise in the minimum temperatures even as cold wave continued unabated in the state.

Sunderdnagar recorded 4.2 degrees and Una 2.4 degrees against 1.6 degrees and 1.5 degrees recorded yesterday.

The minimum, however, dipped at Bhuntar and tourist place of Manali in Kullu district, recording 3.6 degrees and minus 2.2 degrees respectively.

Shimla and its adjoining areas experienced sunny weather in the morning, followed by dark clouds in the afternoon. The capital town also recorded an increase in the minimum temperature to 6.1 degrees, three degrees above normal.

The entire tribal areas in Himachal Pradesh, reeling under cold wave conditions, experienced cloudy weather during the day. Kalpa in Kinnaur tribal district registered the night temperature at minus 4.4 degrees celsius.

People in Patna in Bihar enjoyed the bright sunny weather as the sky remained clear for the rest of the day. Met sources said the minimum temperature was recorded at 10 degrees while the maximum was pegged at 25.2 degrees.

Srinagar, the summer capital, and its adjoining areas experienced fresh light snowfall and people at Amarnath base camp, Pahalgam and Qazigund on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway continued to shiver after the minimum temperature dipped to minus 7 degrees this morning.

It was minus 0.9 degree in the morning against zero degree normal temperature.

Qazigund on the Kashmir Highway in south Kashmir was the coldest in the night, after the temperature dipped to minus 7 degrees.

Pahalgam recorded minus 6.8 degrees this morning, while minus 5 degrees were recorded at Kokernag.

Holy Amarnath cave and its periphery and Sheshnag, Mahagun, Pisso top and Panjtherni and famous tourist resorts Gulmarg, Khilanmarg and Affarwat also recieved fresh snow.

Pilani, Ganganagar, Churu and Mount Abu remained the coldest places in Rajasthan with minimum temperature at 5 degrees while in other places, the temperature showed an upward trend.

According to Met department, the weather was likely to remain dry in the next few days.

Ajmer reported a minimum temperature of 12, Jaipur 9, Kota 11, Dabok and Barmer 8, Jaisalmer 13, Jodhpur 11, Bikaneer 13 degrees.

Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at few places in coastal Tamil Nadu and at isolated places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, south coastal Andhra Pradesh, coastal Karnataka, Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

Cold wave conditions prevailed in some parts of Orissa and Jharkhand and at isolated places in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, east Uttar Pradesh and west Madhya Pradesh.

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