North India Continues To Reel Under Cold Conditions

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While Jammu city recorded 6.8, Katra 6.9, Batote 2.9, Banihal minus 1.2, Bhaderwah 0.9 and Udhampur 2.1 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab, Amritsar's minimum temperature settled at 4.6 degrees Celsius, while Ludhiana remained at 4.7 and Patiala at 5.6 degrees Celsius. Patna recorded a minimum temperature of 6.3 degree celsius while it was 7 degree celsius in Purnea, and in Gaya, the minimum was 7.7 degrees.

There was no let up in chilly conditions in northern parts of the country today as Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh reeled under cold wave with train services hit due to fog.

Leh, in Ladakh region, had experienced an improvement in temperature the previous night when the mercury rose almost six degrees to settle at a low of minus 7.7 degrees Celsius. 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.

Minimum temperature was minus 4.6 in Srinagar, minus 6.1 in Pahalgam and minus 4.5 in Gulmarg. "In Kokernag town, the mercury decreased marginally to -2.7 celsius", he said.

Himachal Pradesh reeled under cold wave conditions with some respite for people in high-altitude areas of the state with day temperatures rising by a few notches.

In Punjab and Haryana, the minimum temperatures rose with Adampur being the coldest at 5.4 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh shivered at a minimum of 5.1 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature at Srinagar dipped and settled at minus 3.2 degree, against minus 3 degree recorded on Thursday.

Even though there was an improvement of over 6 degree from Thursday, Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 14.8 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury surged 7 degree and settled at minus 7.7 degree. With the visibility recorded at 400 metres in the early hours, the minimum temperature was recorded 5.5 degrees Celsius.

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