Mercury continues to rise in Northwest, night temp increases

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) Continuing its upward trend, the mercury rose appreciably in many areas in north-west India today as night temperatures stayed one degree to four degrees Celsius above normal.

It was a warm day for the people of the region even as bright sunshine gave way to overcast sky in some areas during the day.

However, certain areas in the region, including Hindon and Sarsawa, experienced foggy weather in the morning. The fog disappeared as the day advanced.

After the chill last week, a warm weekend seemed to be in offing for Delhiites with the mercury shooting up to 27.9 degrees, three degrees above normal.

A cloud cover in the sky led to a sharp rise in mercury in the national capital maintaining the warm climes in the city.

While the minimum temperature shot up to 10.4 degrees, the maximum rose to 27.9 degree, three degrees above normal.

The warm weather could persist during the weekend with weathermen forecasting minimum temperature of 14 degrees tomorrow.

The Met office has forecast a partly cloudy sky in Delhi during the next 24 hours with possiblity of mist in the morning.

Although the mercury showed its upward movement in Punjab, the minimum temperature dipped at the holy city of Amritsar from 8.0 degrees to 6.8 degrees.

However, the night temperatures rose to 11.5 degrees at Ludhiana and to 13.0 degrees at Patiala. Adampur, Pathankot and Bhatinda also showed an increase in the temperatures, recording the minimum at 12.0 degrees, 14 degrees andd 13.4 degrees respectively.

In Haryana, the minimum temperature hovered four degrees above normal at many places. Karnal recorded the minimum temperature at 14.4 degrees, followed by Hissar registering 12.7 degrees, Ambala 9.4 degrees and Narnaul 10.2 degrees.

The mercury also increased in Himachal Pradesh even as higher reaches experienced snowfall last night. Biting cold wave continued in the tribal areas of the state with the night temperature remaining static at minus 2.1 degrees at Kalpa in Kinnaur district.

Lower and mid hills of the state recorded a rise in the night temperatures. Dharamsala recorded the minimum temprature at 9.5 degrees while Nahan registered 13.0 degrees.

The minimum temperature at Mandi, Bhuntar and Una respectively increased to 8.5 degrees, 7.7 degrees and 6.3 degrees.

Shimla and its adjoining areas also recorded a rise in the night temperatures with the capital town recording 7.6 degrees against 5.9 degrees celsius registered yesterday.

Chandigarh, which was swept by strong winds during the day, recorded the minimum temperature at 12.8 degrees which was four degrees above normal.

The weather Office has predicted light to moderate rain or snow at many places in Himachal Pradesh and light to moderate rain or thundershowers at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana during the next 48 hours.

The Weatherman said cold wave conditions prevailed at isolated places in south Chattisgarh. Night temperatures were appreciably below normal in West Bengal, Sikkim, Orissa, east Madhya Pradesh, north Chattisgarh and in some parts of Assam and Meghalaya. They were below normal in Jharkhand and in some parts of Gujarat, Vidarbha, Rayalaseema and in remaining parts of Assam and Meghalaya.

Night temperatures were markedly above normal in Rajasthan and appreciably above normal in Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and in some parts of west Madhya Pradesh, Saurashtra, Kutch, Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana. They were above normal in west Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and interior Karnataka.

Rain or thundershowers have occurred at isolated places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Mainly dry weather prevailed over Lakshadweep.

UNI team MS RN1939

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