New Delhi | Cold wave sweeping north India continued unabated today as snowfall in higher reaches and rains in most parts led to chilly conditions even as heavy fog at some places affected rail, road and air services. A day after rains pulled down the mercury in the national capital, maximum temperature settled seven notches below the season’s average at 16 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 11.8 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal. The city received 13.3 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours as recorded by Safdarjung observatory. Night temperature at most places in Jammu and Kashmir, including summercapital Srinagar, dropped by one to four degrees with Leh in frontier region ofLadakh recording as the coldest place in the state at minus 9.2 degrees Celsius as against previousnight’s minus 7.2 degrees Celsius.
Srinagar recorded a further drop of one degree in the night temperature which settled at minus 2.4 degrees Celsius as against yesterday’s minus 1.2 degrees Celsius. In Himachal Pradesh, several areas remained cut off for the second day today due to heavy snowfall while power supply remained erratic with most parts of Kullu and Manali and several villages in Kinnaur facing a blackout.
Shimla received 30 cms of snowfall during past 24 hours while Bhuntar and Bhuntar and Kalpa received 27 cm and 18.2 cm snowfall respectively, followed by Jubbal (15 cms), Manali (12 cms), Bharmaur, Theog (10 cms), Seobagh and Rohru (8 cms). Day temperatures in most parts of the state remained 10 to 12 degrees below normal. In Uttarakhand, snowfall in the higher reaches including in tourist city of Nainital coupled with sporadic rain in low lying areas brought down temperatures in the state.
Major roads in the higher areas of Chamoli district have been closed down due to snow. Meanwhile, heavy rains lashed several places in Punjab and Haryana for the third consecutive day today with Chandigarh receiving a record rainfall of 74.3 mm. Chandigarh received 74.3 mm of rains yesterday breaking the record of 55.8 mm rains in December, 1982 even as the city recorded a low of 9.3 degrees Celsius. In Rajasthan, dense fog and mist in the morning disrupted rail, road and air services at many places with Udaipur recording season’s coldest night at 5 degrees Celsius.
At least 14 trains arrived late in parts of Rajasthan, while 10 trains are running late by 25 minutes to 5 hours. There was also some delay in landing of morning flights at Jaipur International Airport due to poor visibility. Light to heavy rain accompanied by thundershowers occurred at isolated places in Uttar Pradesh with Etawah shivering at 6.6 degrees Celsius.
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