Mercury rises in Northwest, fresh spell of snowfall in HP

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New Delhi, Feb 24 (UNI) The mercury continued to rise in northwest India even as night temperatures dropped in various parts of Punjab, and in the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh, which had a fresh spell of snowfall.

The night temperature in Amritsar dropped drastically from 8.8 degrees Celsius to 3.4 degrees last night, five degrees below normal, turning it into the coldest place in the plains. However, the maximum temperature was recorded at 23.2 degrees.

A thick layer of fog engulfed the entire state of Punjab, particularly the rural areas. Several mail and express trains were running behind schedule due to poor visibility. The fog also hit road traffic leading to a number of accidents, including two in Moga district, which left two dead and seven injured.

Meanwhile, the upper reaches in Himachal Pradesh had a fresh spell of snowfall. The tribal districts of Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur and Pangi and Bharmour areas in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh had another spell of snowfall last night, making the people groan under biting cold wave in these areas.

The temperature hovered below freezing point in the tribal belt and Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded minus 2.9 degrees. The 13,050-foot-high Rohtang Pass, gateway to Lahaul Spiti district, also experienced snowfall.

The minimum temperature in Shimla dropped to 4.6 degrees while the maximum was 14.5 degrees.

Like Amritsar, the maximum in Ludhiana and Patiala also rose to 24.8 degrees. However, the minimum in Ludhiana dropped to 9.5 from 13.5 degrees while at Patiala, it remained the same at 11.6 degrees.

The mercury also rose in Haryana with Narnaul recording the maximum temperature of 28.0 while the minimum temperature remained stable at 11.0 degrees. The maximum in Karnal was 24.8, while the minimum was 12.6 degrees and at Hisar the maximum went up to 29.0 and the minimum was 14.0 degrees.

Night temperature in Chandigarh further increased to 13.8 degrees, four degrees above normal while the maximum went up to 26.6 degrees.

Delhi woke up to a warm day with the mercury continuing its rising trend to settle at 15.5 degrees, four degrees above normal.

The mercury in Patna and its suburbs shot up to 14 degrees as against yesterdays 12.6 degrees promising a warm week ahead in the state capital.

Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at few places in Jammu and Kashmir and at isolated places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, coastal Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

Night temperatures were below normal in some parts of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Orissa, Punjab, Gujarat, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu and interior Karnataka.

Night temperatures were appreciably to markedly above normal in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, eastern Rajasthan, eastern Madhya Pradesh and in some parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Bihar, west Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, and Telangana. They were above normal in some parts of Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh. They were normal over the rest of the country.

Rain or thundershowers have occurred at many places in Jammu and Kashmir and at isolated places in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh.

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