Himachal reels under severe cold wave
Shimla, Jan 10 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh reeled under a severe cold wave after heavy snowfall and rains over the last four days caused a sharp fall in temperatures across the state. The key tourist resort of Manali shivered with minimum temperature plummeting by six degrees to settle at minus 7 degree Celsius while the state capital Shimla and Solan recorded a low of minus 2.1 degree Celsius and minus 2.5 degree Celsius respectively, which is 4.5 degrees below normal.
Bhuntar and Sundernagar recorded minimum temperatures of minus one degree and zero degrees while Palampur, Una and Dharamsala groaned under piercing cold wave conditions with mercury slipping to one degree, 2.1 degree and 2.4 degree respectively. Keylong and Kalpa in tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur recorded a low of minus 10.5 degree and minus 9.3 degree. Vehicular traffic remained suspended in upper Shimla region for the second day today and several tourist resorts including Kufri, Narkanda, Sarahan, Sangla remained inaccessible.
The upper Shimla areas and Kinnaur remained cut off from the state capital while vehicular traffic was badly affected in the morning due to slippery road conditions and daily supplies like newspapers, vegetables and milk reached late by over three hours. The winter carnival at Manali also suffered due to snow and intense cold as people preferred to stay indoors and Kullu-Manali road also remained closed due to snow. The region had some respite from rains and snow today after four days but pale sun failed to warm up the region. People in Shimla woke up to a bright morning but thick clouds overcast the sky in the afternoon and day temperature remained low. All natural sources of water like lakes, springs, rivulets and a 70km stretch of Chandrabhaga river were frozen, causing sharp fall in water supply in the Snowfed Sutlej, Ravi and Beas rivers, affecting power generation.
Chandigarh: Amritsar in Punjab today recorded this year's lowest minimum so far at minus 2 degrees Celsius as severe cold waves swept most parts of the state and neighbouring Haryana.
Amritsar's minimum today dropped five notches below normal and settled at minus 2 degrees Celsius, the MeT Office here said.
On December 30 last year, Amritsar had recorded a low of minus 2.1 degree Celsius and on December 27, the minimum had settled at minus 1.6 degree Celsius.
Cold wave sweeps Punjab, Amritsar at -2 deg CelCourtesy: ZeeNews
Pune is in the grip of a cold wave, with the city recording its lowest minimum temperature of 7.2 degrees Celsius this season on Monday morning, a good 4 degrees below normal.Officials of the India meteorological department (IMD) have predicted a further drop in minimum temperature to 6 degrees on Tuesday morning, and expect the minimum temperatures to stay in the 6-8 degree band over the next 3 days.
Meanwhile, intense cold conditions also swept Ludhiana, which recorded a low of 3.8 degree Celsius, down two notches, while the minimum at Patiala was 4 degree Celsius, two below normal.
Chandigarh had a clear sky today, but the night temperature dropped since yesterday to settle at 4.6 degree Celsius.
In Haryana, Hisar and Rohtak reeled under bone-chilling weather recording identical minimums of 1.7 degree Celsius each, both down five notches. Cold wave also swept Karnal, where minimum settled at 2.4 degree Celsius, five degrees below normal while Ambala's minimum was 5.2 degree Celsius. Narnaul, too, experienced a cold night at 4 degree Celsius, down four notches.
The MeT has forecast no immediate relief from cold weather conditions in the region during the next two days.
Cold wave grips Pune, further drop in temperature expected
IMD’s deputy director general (meteorology), Medha Khole, told DNA on Monday afternoon that most of Madhya Maharashtra was experiencing cold wave conditions (4 to 6 degrees below normal) with Nashik city recording 4.8 degrees Celsius on Monday morning.
Khole attributed the cold wave conditions in Pune and Madhya Maharashtra to heavy snowfall and cold wave conditions prevalent across northern India and the easy movement of the northerly winds to central India. While temperatures in Vidarbha were below normal, the region was not yet experiencing cold wave conditions.
On Monday, minimum temperatures plunged in Ahmednagar (7.6 C) and Satara (9 C), but remained out of “cold wave conditions” in Mahabaleshwar (11.6 C), Kolhapur (14.4 C), Mumbai (15.2 C), Nagpur (15 C), Aurangabad (10.3 C) and Amravati (12.4 C).
According to Khole, the movement of moisture laden winds from the west away from northern India had helped the movement of cold winds to central India. Cold wave conditions prevailed in Jammu and Kashmir, west Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, interior Saurashtra and Kutch in Gujarat.
Cold wave continues in Kashmir Valley, RajasthanCourtesy: Daily Pioneer
Biting cold prevailed in Kashmir Valley today with minimum temperatures dipping below the normal in several places. The minimum temperature in the skiing resort of Gulmarg plunged more than sixteen degrees below the freezing point. The mercury in the north Kashmir's famous Gulmarg resort plunged to minus 16.2 degrees Celsius, recording a drop of 1.7 degrees from yesterday, a MeT official said.
The morning temperature in Gulmarg was recorded at minus 12.6 degrees Celsius, he said adding that the minimum temperature in south Kashmir's Pahalgam tourist resort was minus 11.4 degrees Celsius, a drop of 4.6 degrees compared to yesterday.Though Srinagar city recorded a slightly warmer night with minimum temperature increasing by 1.4 degrees, the city shivered at minus 2.8 degrees Celsius, with many of the interior roads and lanes covered by an ice layer.
Electricity was restored at almost throughout the city after three days of complete black-out due to heavy snowfall, which had snapped the power supply. Water supply, however, remained affected as extremely chilling weather froze the supply pipes. The south Kashmir gateway town of Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 4.8 degrees Celsius, while north Kashmir's frontier Kupwara town recorded a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, the official said.
Cold wave back in Rajasthan
Jaipur: Mercury dipped in parts of Rajasthan where Churu was the coldest place at minus 0.6 degree Celsius followed by Pilani at one degree Celsius. Mercury in the sole hill station of the state, Mount Abu, dipped to minus 2.6 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT department here.
Bikaner and Sawaimadhopur had respective lows at 2.5 degrees Celsius and 2.7 degrees Celsius. Vanasthali recorded a low of 3.7 degrees Celsius. Jaisalmer and Chittorgarh recorded minimums of 4.6 and 5.2 degrees Celsius.
Other places in the state recorded night temperature in the range of 6.1 degrees Celsius to 10.5 degrees Celsius.
Cold wave continues to affect normal life in DelhiCourtesy: Newstrack India
New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): There was no respite for residents of Delhi, as the temperature plummeted further on Monday night and is expected to touch even lower levels in the coming days. The biting cold and icy winds have magnified the agony of people living on the streets. As some of them gather around bonfires to warm themselves."We get all the garbage and burn it, to protect ourselves from the cold. We are rickshaw pullers, what else can we get? We have no money to get wood. We have no other alternative. Since the last two days, it is even colder after the shower of rain," said Monu Singh, a rickshaw puller.The city has experienced foggy conditions over last few days, leading to low visibility and several accidents. A recent downpour in the city heightened cold wave conditions, in north India."We sit inside the car to feel warm, we cover ourselves with a blanket and sit inside. We wind up the windows to protect ourselves from the strong winds. After the hailstorm, the cold wave has intensified," said Amar Mehta, a resident.According to the Indian Meteorological Department, minimum temperature in most parts of northern India is likely to remain two to three degrees Celsius below normal, and the mercury will continue to dip. (ANI)