New Delhi: North India is still caught in the grip of the harsh cold wave which claimed 11 more lives in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, taking this winter's death toll to 140. Delhi continues to shiver with a minimum of 1.9 degrees Celsius, 4 degrees below the season's normal, and the maximum temperature dropping eight degrees below normal to rest at 12.6 degrees Celsius.
While the cold wave conditions have blanketed the entire Kashmir Valley with Srinagar recording the coldest night of the season at minus 5.4 degrees Celsius, Agra recorded a low of 1.1 degrees, Ghazipur 1.5, Lucknow 1.8, Gorakhpur 2.4 and Kanpur 2.7 degrees Celsius.
In Uttarakhand, districts located in the higher reaches including Almora, Tehri Garhwal and Pithoragarh recorded sub-zero temperatures, whereas the plains remained wrapped in thick fog cover. The Met department forecasts a foggy morning for Sunday.
Meanwhile, Punjab and Haryana remained in the grip of cold conditions with minimum and maximum temperature dropping sharply by up to 5 and 12 notches below normal respectively, throwing life out of gear. With bone chilling cold wave and icy winds sweeping the northern region, the gap between minimum and maximum temperature in both the states further narrowed down.
Narnaul in Haryana witnessed season's lowest mercury at zero degree Celsius, down by 5 degrees below normal while Amritsar recorded the maximum temperature of 7.4 degree Celsius, dropping 12 degree Celsius. Met department in its forecast said the cold wave will continue for the next 24 hours in both states with partly cloudy sky and foggy weather conditions.
Dense fog with visibility of less than 200 meters and ground frost might occur at several places in many of the northern states during the next two nights, Met said. Dense fog and mist which engulfed the region also hit the rail, road and air traffic, causing inconvenience to commuters.
Many trains were running either late for several hours or cancelled, while morning flights from Chandigarh airport were cancelled due to poor visibility, officials said. Chandigarh shivered at 4 degree Celsius while it had maximum of 9.1 degree Celsius, down by 12 degrees below normal, Met office said.
Ambala in Haryana battled cold at 3.5 degree Celsius, down by three notches below normal while Bhiwani had a low of 1.2 degree Celsius. Karnal had a low of 2.6 degree Celsius and maximum of 8.8 degree Celsius, down by 10 degrees below normal. In Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala braved cold at 4.9 degree Celsius and 4.6 degree Celsius while there maximum were recorded at 8.5 deg ree Celsius and 9.1 degree Celsius respectively.
With additional information from PTI