Intense cold wave grips north India; Abnormal drop in East

RSTV Bureau

Fog-Cold-Winter-India-FireNorth India and parts of West Bengal are reeling under intense cold spell with unprecedented fall in tempratures recorded in parts of Uttar Pradesh as well. It was a cold morning in Delhi on Monday with the minimum temperature settling at 5 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature was two notches below the season’s average, at 5 degrees Celsius, said a MeT department official.

Fog affected the movement of the trains headed towards north India. Visibility was lowered due to moderate fog in many parts of the city. At 8.30 AM, the Palam station recorded a visibility of 400 metres while it was 800 metres at Safdarjung, the official said.

According to a railways official, 50 north-bound trains were running late while eight were rescheduled. Eighteen others were cancelled.

meanwhile in Uttar Pradesh, two people have died due to intense cold wave conditions in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, according to the administration. Suprisingly Lucknow too experienced dip in the temprature.

Earlier, five people also died following the sweeping cold conditions in the two districts on January 5.

The MeT office on Sunday forecasted dense to very dense fog at a few places, and cold to severe cold waves in the state.

In Jammu and Kashmir, Kargil town continued to reel under intense cold conditions with the mercury staying six degrees below the freezing point. The minimum temperature fell to a bone-chilling minus 18.5 degrees Celsius in Kargil town yesterday, an official of the MET department said today.

Srinagar recorded its coldest night this winter at minus 6.1 degrees Celsius — marginally down from minus 6 degrees Celsius recorded the previous night.

The night temperature in Leh town of Ladakh went down marginally from a low of minus 16.8 degrees Celsius the previous night to settle at a low of minus 17.3 degrees last night, the official said adding it was the lowest night temperature of the season in Leh.

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Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably. It ends on January 31 next year, but the cold wave continues even after that in the valley.

Meanwhile, icy winds walloped most areas in West Bengal intensifying the prevailing cold conditions even as the MeT office today forecast similar conditions for the next few days. While the western districts of the state experienced cold wave conditions, there was abnormal drop in day temperatures in some sub-Himalayan districts.

Sriniketan in Birbhum district was the coldest in the plains with minimum temperature of 5.8 degrees Celsius at 5.30 am this morning, the MeT department said.

In North Bengal, Jalpaiguri recorded the day’s maximum temperature at 13.5 degrees Celsius, 10 notches below normal, while in Coochbehar the mercury rose to 15.4 degrees Celsius, eight notches below normal.

Minimum temperatures dipped below the 10 degrees mark in most places of the state, with Asansol recording a low of 7.1 degrees Celsius, followed by Coochbehar 7.6 degrees Celsius, Burdwan 7.6 degrees Celsius and Bankura 8.4 degrees Celsius.

Kolkatans experienced a chilly Sunday with a minimum temperature of 10.6 degrees Celsius, which is three notches below normal, the MeT department said.

(With inputs from PTI)