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Cold conditions continue in north India; fog hits train

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

There was no let up in cold conditions in northern parts of the country today as train services were hit due to There was some relief for people in and from intense cold as minimum temperatures rose, but Punjab, and reeled under chilly conditions. The national capital recorded a low of 8 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, while were hit because of fog, which also engulfed parts of Uttar Pradesh. As many as 24 north-bound trains were cancelled, 23 rescheduled and 49 delayed as of 5 pm, the Northern Railway said. The maximum temperature here was recorded at 22.7 degrees Celsius, three notches above the normal, a Meteorological (MeT) department said here. In Jammu and Kashmir, minimum temperature rose by several degrees at most places in the Valley and the region, with recording a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, nearly three notches up from minus 6.3 degrees the previous night. Record low temperature over the last few days in had led to freezing of fringes of the famous and other water bodies as well as water in pipes. Night temperatures in Qazigund in south settled at minus 2.8 degrees Celsius -- up from yesterday's minus 5.4 degrees, the office in Sringar said. The region is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' -- the harshest 40-day period of winter when the chances of snowfall are maximum. The has forecast mainly dry in the state over the next week. Intense cold wave conditions persisted in most parts of as minimum temperatures rose marginally and the remained partially overcast in Shimla and high- altitude areas of the state. Temperatures ranged between minus 12 and minus 18 degrees in high-altitude areas with Keylong and Kalpa recording a low of minus 5.6 degree and 0.4 degrees Celsius. Shimla recorded 8.7 degrees Celsius, six degree above the normal, followed by Nahan 7.7 degrees Celsius, Dharamsala 6.2 degrees Celsius, Una and Palampur 5 degrees Celsius and Solan 2.4 degrees Celsius. The office has warned of severe cold wave conditions in the hills areas on January 12 and 13 and dry in the state over the next six days. and reeled under cold conditions with Adampur the coldest at 3.2 degrees Celsius and Chandigarh recording a low of 6.6 degrees Celsius, one degree above the normal. Parts of Uttar Pradesh, particularly those in the west, continued to brave the chill with dense at isolated places. Muzaffarnagar recorded the lowest minimum temperature in the state at 3.6 degrees Celsius, the office in said. In Rajasthan, people had some respite from the bone chilling cold with the minimum temperatures increasing by 1 to 2 degrees at most places due to western disturbances. Fatehpur Shekhawati recorded a minimum temperature of 0.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Churu 1.0 degrees Celsius, Sriganganagar 2.8 degree Celsius, Alwar 3 degrees Celsius, a said "Cold wave conditions were witnessed in Churu, Jhunjhunu, Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur," the said.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 20:25 IST
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