Intense cold wave conditions in North India due to Snowfall

Gulmarg records coldest December night in a decade

The weather was dry over eastern Uttar Pradesh. On Thursday, the minimum temperature was 11.3 degrees celsius.

Delhi had a foggy and cold start to the day.

Visibility was also affected at several places by the shallow fog during the morning hours.

Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius, almost four degrees down from the previous night's minus 5.7 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Sriganganagar was the coldest place in the state at 3.3 degrees Celsius.

Churu in Rajasthan quivered at 1.8 degrees Celsius, the meteorological department said.

Cold conditions prevailed in Punjab and Haryana with a thick blanket of fog affecting the movement of air, rail and road traffic in the region. On Thursday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 14.2 degrees, 8 degrees below normal, while on Friday it dropped to 13 degrees celsius, 9 degrees below normal. Ludhiana and Amritsar had a low of 4.1 degrees Celsius each and Adampur 4.7 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.1 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the minimum temperature begins to settle in single digit during the first half of December, and thereafter, drops to around 5 to 6 degrees around mid of the month. Snow-covered Banihal, a town along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius as against the previous night's minus 2.7 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said.

The minimum in Kargil's neighbouring Leh town was minus 9.6.

Night temperature across Kashmir, including Ladakh, dipped with Pahalgam and Gulmarg registering their coldest nights of the season, the MeT department said. It was the coldest recorded place in the Valley.

"Weather is likely to remain cloudy and dry in the state till Sunday and this could bring in some improvement in the night temperatures during this period", the official noted.

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