The cold wave has tightened its grip over North India with mercury plummeting several degrees below normal at many places. Most parts of Himachal Pradesh continued to reel under intense cold despite dry and sunny weather in the day.
The local Meteorological office said, in tribal areas Keylong was the coldest with minimum temperature settling at minus 7.3 degrees followed by Kalpa in Kinnaur with minus 1.4 degrees. Shimla and Una recorded minimum temperatures of 4.5 degrees Celsius each. However, the maximum temperature rose marginally at some places with Una in Shivalik foothills being the hottest at 24.2 degrees Celsius. The Met office has predicted dry weather in the region till 1st of January.
In Jammu and Kashmir, surface transport has been badly affected in the Srinagar city due to dense fog. MeT office said, the night will become more chilly during the next 48 hours in Srinagar due to dry weather.
Cold weather conditions also prevailed in Punjab as Amritsar and Adampur remained the coldest places with minimum temperatures of 3.5 degrees Celsius each. Chandigarh recorded a low of 7.2 degrees Celsius. In Haryana, Narnaul was the coldest place recording a low of 5.2 degrees Celsius.
In Uttar Pradesh, dense to very dense fog occurred at few places with Muzaffarnagar recording the lowest temperature of 4 degrees Celsius yesterday. The day temperatures also dropped in Moradabad, Bareilly and the Gorakhpur divisions. The MeT office has forecast very dense fog at a few places in the state today.
In Delhi, a thick blanket of haze enveloped the city yesterday with the maximum temperature settling at 22.8 degrees Celsius, one degree above the season’s average. The minimum temperature settled at 7 degrees Celsius, one degree below the season’s average. Due to poor visibility, around 17 trains were cancelled, 26 were delayed and six others were rescheduled.