Cold Wave Hits North India
Northern India experienced cold weather, and probably the coldest day on December 2. The mercury dipped below the season's average. Delhi was as cold as Jammu, and recorded a low temperature of 8 degrees Celsius, with chilly winds that amped up the cold, and was the lowest for the season so far.
Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 14.4 degrees Celsius. Winter has set in Delhi and the temperature is expected to drop further, by a degree or two.The cold tightened it's grip on the Union Territory of Ladakh.
Srinagar recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 2.5 degrees Celsius, which is 1.6 degrees below the season's average temperature. The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir experienced several feet of snowfall. It was the coldest region, recording a temperature of minus 7 degrees Celsius.
The snow-bound resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir improved by nearly one notch when it settled for a temperature of minus 5.8 degrees Celsius. Katra serving as the base camp for pilgrims to the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Reasi district of Jammu, recorded a low of 7 degrees Celsius.
Intense cold conditions prevailed in Himachal Pradesh with temperatures in high altitudes holding at 1 to 9 notches, below freezing point. Keylong, the administrative centre of the Lahaul-Spiti region remained the coldest place, with a low of minus 9.7 degrees Celsius.
While Manali recorded a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius, Kinnaur's Kalpa recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius. Kufri, Dalhousie and Shimla recorded a temperature of 3.1, 5.6 and 5 degrees Celsius respectively. Narnaul was the coldest place in Punjab, recording a temperature of 6.5 degrees Celsius, while capital Chandigarh recorded a temperature of 9.1 degrees Celsius.