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Cold wave intensifies

In the plains, Rohtak coldest at 0 degree Celsius

Chandigarh: Cold wave sweeping most parts of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh on Saturday intensified, with Rohtak and Amritsar registering bone-chilling minimum temperatures. Snowfall in higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir valley brought down the temperatures in several areas. Two persons died in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh.

Rohtak in Haryana and Amritsar in Punjab braved the season’s coldest night so far at 0 degrees Celsius and 0.5 degrees Celsius. Biting cold prevailed in most parts of Haryana with Karnal registering the season’s lowest minimum so far at 1.9 deg C. Ambala shivered as the low was 2.3 deg C. Minimum temperature at Narnaul was 4.5 deg and Hisar was 6.8 deg C. There was no respite from cold in Chandigarh, where the minimum settled at 4.2 deg C. Ludhiana and Patiala in Punjab recorded minimums of 3.1 deg C and 3.7 deg C.

Biting cold

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir remained in the grip of biting cold on Saturday as the night temperatures showed a downward trend in most parts. The minimum temperature was minus 19.4 degrees C in Leh and minus 14.0 degrees C in Kargil. Srinagar recorded a low of minus 4.4 degrees C.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 5.8 degrees C followed by Kupwara (minus 5.3), Qazigund (minus 4.0) and Kokernag (minus 2.8 degrees C). Katra recorded a low of 6.3 degrees C followed by Batote (4.0 degrees C), Banihal (3.4 degrees C) and Bhaderwah (1.0 degrees C).

No respite

Shimla: There was no respite from cold in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday also with the higher reaches recording sub-zero temperatures and icy winds sweeping through the lower areas. Kaza in Lahaul & Spiti was the coldest with minus 16 degrees Celsius followed by Keylong at minus 11.4 degrees. The Spiti river began to freeze at many places. Kalpa in Kinnaur district had a minimum of minus four degrees C while Bhuntar shivered at minus 0.4 degrees C. Shimla recorded a maximum of 13 degrees C and a minimum of two degrees C, they said.

Mount Abu coldest

Jaipur: Mount Abu continued to be the coldest place in Rajasthan with a minimum temperature of 1.4 degrees followed by Ganganagar at 4.2 degrees. Churu recorded a low of 4.4 degree while Dabok and Dholpur shivered at 6.7 and 6.8 degrees respectively.

Dry cold conditions continued in the Uttarakhand. Cold conditions in the region are likely to continue over the next few days, according to the Met department. -- PTI

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