Winter Tightens its Grip Over North India
North India is grappling with chilling cold waves and fog, with mercury dropping down to 6.8 degree Celsius today in Delhi. Normal life in many areas got disrupted with road and rail traffic hit by the winter. Some regions in Punjab and Haryana have even recorded zero degree. According the meteorological department, the highest temperature recorded was 21degress, that too one point below the average. Visibility was reduced to 500metres with foggy conditions prevailing at the national capital.
Lowest recorded temperature was at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, where the readings showed minus 13.7 degree Celsius. Srinagar too witnessed the season’s coldest night with a lowest temperature at minus 4.4 degrees. The valley is also under the tight grip of cold waves.
While the tourist resort of Pahalgam which serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir registered a low of minus 7.9 degrees Celsius, the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 10.5 degrees Celsius. The mercury went down to a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius in Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley.
Narnaul in Haryana was the coldest at 1.6 degrees Celsius, as ongoing cold conditions continued unabated in the state and neighbouring Punjab. Cold conditions also swept Karnal and Ambala with 5 and 6.7 degrees Celsius respectively. Hisar also reeled under biting cold at a low of 4 degrees Celsius and Chandigarh experienced a cold night at 5.6 degrees Celsius.While in Rajasthan, biting cold conditions continued to prevail as Churu in plains was the coldest place at 1.4 degree Celsius whereas the sole hill station Mount Abu was freezing at zero degree Celsius.
Meanwhile, dense fog affected movement of trains under North Western Railway with 10 trains running late, a railway spokesperson said.