Cold wave intensifies in North India, Leh records -15 deg Celsius

No respite from cold in North India Leh records-15 deg Celsius

However, the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where ski slopes are under several feet of snow, witnessed an improvement of about 3 degree from Thursday in the night temperature and settled at minus 5.4 degree, which is above normal. People in the Kashmir Valley though, continued to fearless the harsh winter as the 40-day long "Chillai Kalan" would only end on January 30.

Northern states of the country, including Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, reeled under intense cold wave conditions today as fog engulfed parts of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of -4.6C down from -3.2C, the city had experienced on Friday night.

In Punjab, Amritsar's minimum settled at 4.6 degrees Celsius, while Ludhiana and Patiala braved cold weather conditions with low of 4.7 and 5.6 degrees Celsius respectively.

The national capital recorded a low of 8 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, while train services were hit because of fog. It ends on January 31.

Keylong and Kalpa registered a high of 9 degrees Celsius and 9.6 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperatures were minus 4.6 degrees Celsius and minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, respectively.

However, the cold wave tightened its grip again and the minimum temperature dropped over seven degrees last night.

Rajasthan got a slight respite from severe cold with the night temperatures recording between two to three degrees Celsius above normal due to a western disturbance.

Bathinda in Punjab shivered at a low of 5.6 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal, while Bhiwani in Haryana recorded a low of 6.4 degrees Celsius. The resort was the only place in the Valley where the temperature increased last night. With the visibility recorded at 400 metres in the early hours, the minimum temperature was recorded 5.5 degrees Celsius.

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