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Minimum dips, but sun makes day cosy
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 14
Even as the minimum temperatures continued to fall in northern parts of the country, the day witnessed sunshine and remained a bit cosy in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

As mercury plummeted in the region, Adampur was the coldest in the plains at a temperature of 0.5°Celsius. Amritsar recorded a minimum of 3.2°Celsius, as compared to 5°Celsius yesterday.

At a minimum of 3.8°Celsius, Pathankot continued to reel under cold wave conditions, followed by Bathinda in the Malwa belt, which, too, saw a decline in the minimum temperature. While today the low (in Bathinda) stood at 4.4°Celsius, it was recorded 6°Celsius a day earlier. And at a low of 5.3°Celsius, Halwara also witnessed a plunge in the mercury, yesterday’s minimum being 6.5°Celsius. Even Chandigarh saw a comparatively warm day yesterday at 7°Celsius, with today’s low standing at 5.4°Celsius.

In Haryana, Narnaul was the coldest place with a minimum of 2°Celsius. Ambala saw a further decline in mercury, the lowest here settling at 5°Celsius. And in Jammu and Kashmir, the cold wave conditions worsened further as the mercury dipped by a few notches because of clear skies. The day temperature, too, witnessed a decline here. Jammu recorded a minimum temperature of 6.3°Celsius while Udhampur saw a low of 1°Celsius. Among the upper reaches of the valley, mercury plunged further at Srinagar and Avantipora with a shivering low of minus 2.4°Celsius and minus 4.8°Celsius, respectively. In Leh, the mercury declined to a freezing low of minus 20.4°Celsius.

Cold conditions also continued unabated in Rajasthan with Ganganagar being the coldest place in the state at a low of 2.4°Celsius.

Uttarakhand faced intense cold conditions as most parts of the state had a clear day after rains and snowfall yesterday.

Dense fog descended on the National Capital this morning, disrupting air and rail traffic even as cold wave maintained its grip over the city, which recorded a low of 8°Celsius, almost same as yesterday.

(With PTI inputs)



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