New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) Cold conditions continued toprevail in several parts of the northern region with Leh townin Jammu and Kashmir settling at 14 degree Celsius belowfreezing point, even as mercury rose marginally in some areas.
Night temperatures remained low in Himachal Pradeshthough the day temperatures recorded increase by a fewnotches.
The ''Queen of Hills'', Shimla, recorded a minimumtemperature of 5.4 deg C, while it witnessed a maximum of 17.4deg C -- 8.4 degrees above normal.
Solan, Bhuntar and Sundernagar shivered at a low of 1.0,1.2, and 1.7 deg C respectively, while Dharamsala and Mandirecorded a minimum of 3.7 deg C each.
At minus 13.8 deg C, Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spitidistrict was the coldest place in the hill state.
Many parts of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed sub-zerotemperatures, with Gulmarg skiing resort recording a minimumof minus 8.4 deg C while Pahalgam was freezing at minus 7.4deg C.
The summer capital Srinagar witnessed a drop of 0.2degrees recording a minimum temperature of minus 1.6 deg C.
Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, recordeda low of minus 3.4 degree Celsius while the mercury in Kupwarasettled at minus 1.8 deg C.
Leh and Kargil towns in the Ladakh region recordedrespective lows of minus 14 and minus 13 deg C.
People in the national capital witnessed anotherpleasant day with mercury remaining at normal levels.
The minimum was recorded at 8.1 degree Celsius, normalfor this time and marginally down from yesterday''s 8.2degrees.
Minimum temperatures hovered between one degree abovenormal to two degrees below normal in most parts of Punjab andHaryana.
Narnaul in Haryana was the coldest place in the twostates with a low of 4 deg C, which was two notches belownormal. Rohtak recorded a minimum of 4.5 deg C, while Amritsarsettled at 4.6 deg C.
Union territory Chandigarh registered a minimumtemperature of 6.4 degree Celsius, one notch below normal.
Churu coldest in Rajasthan
Churu was the coldest place in Rajasthan with a minimumof 4.9 deg C followed by Sriganganagar at 6.5 degrees. Thestate capital Jaipur recorded a minimum of 8.1 deg C.