Cold claims 2 lives in Rajasthan, Churu freezes at -2.2 degree C

Kashmir cold
Mercury touched a new low in Rajasthan claiming two lives in Bundi even as temperature in Churu dipped below zero for the first time this season.

The minimum temperature recorded at Churu was 2.2 degree Celsius.

This was followed by Pilani, recording a minimum of minus 0.8 Celsius while in hilly region, Mount Abu recorded zero degree Celsius, according to Met department here.

In Bundi, two persons identified as Mangilal (55) and Radha Krishn (80) fell prey to the cold wave and died last night at separate places, police said.

There was no respite from shivering cold in other parts too where Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jaipur and Chittorgarh recorded minimum of 0.8, 2.4, 3.2 and 4.2 degree Celsius respectively.

Night temperature at other places remained between 5.8 and 7 degree Celsius.

Several places also had ground frost while fog continued to envelop some regions affecting vehicular movement in early morning hours.

Six die as minimum temperature touches sub-zero in Haryana

The intense cold wave conditions today aggravated in most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh with minimum plunging below zero degree Celsius in Hisar and Narnaul, claiming six lives.

Meanwhile, thick blanket of fog continued played havoc with normal life in the entire region, reducing visibility to just few metres even as the MeT forecast further drop in minimum temperatures with dense fog and misty condition to prevail.

Chandigarh, the joint capital of agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana, recorded a low of 3 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, the MeT office said here.

It was the lowest temperature ever recorded in Chandigarh in the winter season.

Hisar and Narnaul settled at sub-zero levels with Hisar braving an all-time low of minus 1.1 degrees Celsius, six notches below normal while Narnaul registered a low of zero degrees Celsius, five notches below normal.

Punjab and Haryana shivered at a low of one to six degrees Celsius below normal, confining people indoors with markets wearing a deserted look as only a handful ventured out in the bone-chilling cold.

Four persons succumbed to the cold wave in Amritsar and one each in Hisar and Narnaul, officials said here, taking the total number of people falling pray to cold wave in Punjab and Haryana to 17 during the current winter spell. Of these, 13 have died in Punjab.

Bhiwani braved a low of 1.6 degrees Celsius followed by 3.5 degrees celsius at Ambala, three notches below normal.

Among other places, Ludhiana had a low of 4.2 degrees celsius, two notches below normal followed by 4.4 degrees celsius at Amritsar.

Patiala in Punjab shivered at a low of 3.5 degrees celsius, three notches below normal.

Meanwhile, in the wake of low visibility due to dense fog, air, rail and road traffic in the region continued to remain out of gear causing inconvenience to the commuters.

While most flights remained grounded at Chandigarh airport, several trains including Malwa express, Howrah express, Shatabdi, Tata Muri express, Shan-e-Punjab, Barmer express, Unchahar express and Lucknow mail were running late by several hours.

Frequent tripping of power and low water supply added to the woes of the people in the region.

Cold wave claims 15 more lives in Uttar Pradesh

The intense cold wave snuffed out 15 more lives in Uttar Pradesh taking the toll to 155 as mercury continued to plunge with Muzaffarnagar recording a low of 0.2 degree Celsius.

Three people each died in Bijnor, Etah and Muzaffarnagar, two each in Lalitpur and Mirzapur and one each in Unnao and Chandauli, officials said.

According to the Met office, maximum temperature was below normal by six to 13 degrees in many parts of the state and cold wave conditions would prevail during the next 48 hours.

Weather was mainly dry over the state and night temperature rose marginally in Varanasi, Allahabad divisions and changed little elsewhere.

The department said that weather would be mainly dry over the state. Ground frost would occur at some parts of the state during next two nights.

Very dense fog with visibility of 100 metre or less would prevail over many parts of eastern UP during next 48 hours.

No respite from cold wave in Kashmir Valley

Cold wave conditions continued across the Kashmir Valley even though summer capital Srinagar had a slight respite with temperatures increasing by 0.8 degrees Celsius, Meteorological department officials said today.

According to the MeT office, the minimum temperature in Srinagar was -4.6 degrees Celsius, up from yesterday's -5.4 degrees Celsius, which was the season's coldest.

Leh town in frontier region of Ladakh was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 18.0 degrees Celsius, about two notches down from yesterday's minus 16.2 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said, adding the nearby Kargil town followed closely with a minimum temperature of minus 17.4 degrees Celsius.

It is learnt that the famous skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest place in the Valley with a low of -9.0 degrees Celsius.

The tourist resort of Pahalgam, which also serves as a base camp during annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of -8.0 degrees Celsius, about three degrees lower from yesterday's -5.4 degrees Celsius, he said.

Qazigund, in south Kashmir recorded a low of -5.8 degrees Celsius, while the night temperature in Kokernag was -4.0 degrees Celsius. North Kashmir's Kupwara reported a minimum of -5.2 degrees Celsius.

The MeT department said that dry cold conditions would persist for a few more days and could lead to a further dip in the minimum temperatures.

With temperatures remaining below freezing point, the fringes of the famous Dal Lake and other water bodies in Srinagar continued to form a thin layer of ice in the night hours.

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