Cold relents across north India, snowfall in Valley

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New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) Cold relented across northIndia with mercury rising by a few notches in many placesmaking the pleasant even as Kashmir Valley experienced freshsnowfall.

Gulmarg received three inches of snowfall whileQazigund, Pahalgam and Kokernag had white flakes.

Srinagar recorded a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius whileGulmarg was the coldest place in the Valley with mercury stillsettling 6.3 deg below freezing point. Kashmir also receivedrainfall in several places.

Meanwhile, Ladakh region also witnessed some respitefrom cold with Leh town recording minus 10.0 deg C, 3.0 deghigher than last night, and Kargil town registering minus 8.8deg C before dawn.

In Delhi, people woke up to a chilly morning withdrizzles but a bright sunshine in afternoon broughttemperature to normal.

The low in national capital was one degree higher withthermometer reading 6.5 deg C. However, the maximum was 22.4deg C, a notch below to yesterday''s reading.

The city also received 0.5mm of rainfall.

Weathermen have predicted a misty morning and partlycloudy sky for tomorrow.

Even in plains, night temperatures climbed severaldegrees even as dense fog blinded Haryana and Punjab at manyplaces.

Narnaul in Haryana settled for 2.6 deg C whileLudhiana was the coldest place in Punjab with a low of 4.3 degC. Cold relented in Union territory Chandigarh where beforedawn temperature was 10 deg C.

Some parts of the region, including Karnal, Ludhiana,Patiala, Amritsar and Gurdaspur, were blinded by a blanket offog reducing visibility to just few metres.

Rajasthan also witnessed respite from cold withcapital Jaipur recording a low of 13.8 deg C. Churu was thecoldest place in the state where mercury settled for 6.9 degC.

According to MeT department, the pleasant weather willcontinue for a couple of days.

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