North India chill: Narnaul coldest in plains, records -3°C

Chandigarh, Jan 8: The cold wave condition intensified in northern India with Narnaul (Haryana) in the plains recording the lowest minimum temperature of -3 degrees Celsius. Delhi continued to shiver as the mercury remained five notches below normal at 2.4 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature also went down by seven notches to remain at 13.4 degrees Celsius.

Hisar recorded a low of -0.8 degrees while Bhiwani settled for 0.5 degrees. Amritsar, Patiala and Ludhiana recorded the minimum temperatures of 1.8, 2.4 and 2.7 degrees, respectively.

In Kashmir, Srinagar recorded -4.9 degrees of minimum temperature while Kargil town in the frontier part of Ladakh was the coldest place in the state, recording a low of -16.4 degrees. The mercury plummeted sharply in Gulmarg also. The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, was left shivering at a low of -0.6 degrees Celsius while Churu was the coldest place in Rajasthan, recording a low of -2.7 degrees, followed by Karauli. Muzaffarnagar saw the temperature dipping to -0.7 degrees while Agra recorded 0.6 degrees. Najibabad, Lucknow, Aligarh and Kheri also recorded extremely cold conditions.

In Uttarakhand, Tehri district recording 0.5 degrees was the coldest place while Mukteshwar and Pithoragarh recorded 0.4 and 0.2 degrees Celsius, respectively. The state capital, Dehradun, witnessed 1.3 degrees.

Meteorological sources said the extreme cold conditions will prevail in parts of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Bihar during the next 48 hours. Many parts of the Indo-Gangetic plains will see a reduction in dense fog while strong northwesterly winds are likely to increase the chill.

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