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No respite from cold in North India

14 January 2018

An official from the meteorological department said that weather is likely to remain dry till January 20.

Cold wave conditions also prevailed in northern parts of Rajasthan with Sriganganagar being the coldest recorded place at 1.9 degrees Celsius while dense to very dense fog occurred at isolated parts of the state.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Leh town plummeted several degrees as the cold wave tightened its grip in Kashmir Valley, where the mercury was recorded below the freezing point at all weather monitoring stations.

Also, Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a low of minus 15.6 degrees Celsius.

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

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Bhagalpur recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 4.6 degrees celsius on Saturday.

Kashmir Valley is passing through the 40-day long period of harsh winter cold called "Chillai Kalan" which will end on 30 January.

In Himachal Pradesh, cold wave swept most parts of the state with minimum temperatures further dropping in high-altitude areas.

The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag dipped and settled at minus 3.2 degree, minus 4.5 degree and minus 2 degree, respectively.

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. Chandigarh, the common capital of the states, shivered at 5.1 degrees Celsius while Admapur was coldest place in the region at 2.2 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said.

No respite from cold in North India