North India reels under intense cold; Mercury drops to 4.2 deg C in Delhi – season’s lowest

New Delhi, Jan 6- Cold wave swept parts of north India with snowfall in the higher reaches of the Kashmir Valley, and Delhi recording its lowest minimum temperature of the season at 4.2 degrees Celsius.

Punjab and Haryana reeled under intense cold wave while dense fog engulfed most parts of both the states delaying some trains and affecting flight operations.

Delhi recording its lowest minimum temperature of the season
Delhi recording its lowest minimum temperature of the season

The mercury dropped to the season’s lowest at 4.2 degrees Celsius in the national capital on Saturday even as dense fog continued to disrupt rail and air traffic.

According to MeT department, the maximum temperature was recorded at 20.8 degree Celsius, a notch below the season’s average.

North India reels under intense cold; Mercury drops to 4.2 deg C in Delhi - season's lowest
North India reels under intense cold; Mercury drops to 4.2 deg C in Delhi – season’s lowest

The minimum temperature was 4.2 degree Celsius, three notches below the season’s average.

“Skies will remain clear today. There will be moderate fog in the morning. The minimum and maximum temperatures are expected to settle at 5 degree Celsius and 20 degree Celsius,” an official of the department said.

High-altitude areas of Jammu region experienced light snowfall
High-altitude areas of Jammu region experienced light snowfall

High-altitude areas of Jammu region experienced light snowfall over the past few days, as a result of which several parts, including Bhaderwah and Banihal, were reeling under sub-zero night temperature.

Meanwhile, 11 bodies have been recovered from a spot in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where a passenger vehicle was hit by a huge avalanche of snow on Friday. Three people were pulled out alive from the avalanche site.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’, the 40-day harshest winter period in Kashmir, when the chances of snowfall are maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan'
Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’

In Haryana, Ambala braved bone-chilling weather at 5.6 degrees Celsius while Hisar registered a low of 2.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal.

Chandigarh airport recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 1.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Bathinda in Punjab which shivered at 1.9 degrees Celsius.

Adampur in Jalandhar district, Pathankot and Halwara recorded minimum temperatures of 2.3 degrees Celsius, 4 degrees Celsius and 4.3 degrees Celsius respectively.

Cold wave conditions prevailed in northern parts of Rajasthan with Sriganganagar being the coldest recorded place at 1.9 degrees Celsius while dense to very dense fog occurred at isolated parts of the state.

Bikaner, Dabok, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur recorded minimum temperatures of 4.6 degrees Celsius, 6.5 degrees Celsius, 7.2 degrees Celsius and 7.9 degrees Celsius respectively. PTI