Various parts of northern India continue to reel under coldwave

Cold wave intensifies in Kashmir

The Jammu city has recorded 5.8, degree Celsius; Banihal has recorded minus 1.2, Batote 2.9, Katra 6.9 and Doda 0.9 degree Celsius.

The night temperature in Qazigund, in south Kashmir, settled at a low of -5.0C down from Friday's -3.2C. The ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded minus 5.4 degrees Celsius, an increase of over three degrees.

Leh was the coldest place recorded in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said.

Leh, in Ladakh region, had experienced an improvement in temperature the previous night when the mercury rose almost six degrees to settle at a low of minus 7.7 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperatures, both in Punjab and Haryana, hovered between one to four degrees Celsius above normal, a MeT official said.

Kashmir continued to be in the grip of cold wave as the mercury stayed below the freezing point. Kashmir is under the grip of "Chillai-Kalan", the 40-day period of harshest winter when the chances of snowfall are maximum. Chandigarh, the common capital of the states, shivered at 5.1 degrees Celsius while Admapur was coldest place in the region at 2.2 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said.

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In Himachal Pradesh, cold wave swept most parts of the state with minimum temperatures further dropping in high-altitude areas.

Even though there was an improvement of over 6 degree from Thursday, Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 14.8 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury surged 7 degree and settled at minus 7.7 degree.

Northern districts of Bengal reeled under very cold conditions while temperatures rose in the state's western parts.

He said the night temperature in Pahalgam dipped almost three degrees from the previous night to settle at -6.1 celsius last night.

In the national capital visibility dropped to 400 metres in the early hours due to fog, which also affected train services.

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