Cold conditions prevail in northern states

Srinagar, Jan 25 (PTI) Northern states like J-K andHimachal Pradesh remained under the grip of cold wave wherethe minimum temperatures at most places remained belowfreezing point.

Delhiites had a pleasant day after the sun came outand negated the morning chill. The low was recorded at 6 degC, two notches less than normal at this time of the season,while the maximum rose to 23 deg C, one degree above normal.

Kargil, which recorded a low of minus 20 deg C, wasthe coldest place in the state. Neighbouring Ladakh followedclosely at minus 19.8 deg C.

In the Kashmir Valley, Gulmarg recorded minus 10 degC. The minimum at Srinagar was minus 4.2 deg C.

Thick ground frost occurred in mid and higher hills ofHimachal Pradesh, hampering vehicular movement during themorning hours.

Shimla shivered at a low of 0.1 deg C, while Solanrecorded a minimum of minus 1.2 deg C.

Bhuntar and Sundernagar recorded identical nighttemperatures of 1.2 deg C, while Una and Dharamsala recorded alow of 2.7 deg C.

Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district reeledunder sub-zero temperatures with mercury staying at minus 16.4deg C.

Neighbouring Punjab and Haryana also saw the mercurysettling a few notches below normal.

Ludhiana at 1.6 deg C was the coldest in Punjab.

Patiala recorded a low of 2.5 deg C, down by five degrees,while Amritsar settled at 3.2 deg C, one point below normal.

In Haryana, Karnal recorded a low of 3.4 deg Cfollowed by Hisar at 3.5 deg C, Narnaul at 4 deg C and Gurgaonat 6 deg C.

The minimum at Rohtak and Ambala settled at 4.8 deg C.

Chandigarh, the capital of the two neighbouringstates, recorded a minimum of 5.8 deg C.

The winter chill prevailed in Rajasthan where thecoldest place was Sriganganagar (4.8 deg C).

Churu recorded a low of 7 deg C, followed by Jaisalmerat 9.2 deg C and Dabok 9.7 deg C.

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