Cold wave continues to sweep North India

Cold wave conditions continued to sweep North India. Snowfall in the upper reaches of Kashmir valley marked the beginning of Chillai-Kalan – the 40-day period of harshest winter.

The ski resort of Gulmarg received 5 cm of snowfall and the mercury settled at a low of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius.

Leh district of Ladakh recorded a low of minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, while Drass registered a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius.

Some higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall whereas rain occurred at some places in the state. Keylong was the coldest place at minus 6.4 degrees Celsius.

In the national capital, foggy conditions and a cloud cover prevented the sunlight from heating the ground. Delhi recorded a low of 9.5 degrees Celsius and a high of 18 degrees Celsius, which was three notches below the normal.

Biting cold persisted in most parts of Punjab and Haryana with Bathinda being the coldest at 5.6 degrees Celsius. A thick blanket of fog enveloped several parts of both the states, including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda, Hisar, Karnal and Sirsa.

In Haryana, Ambala, Hisar and Karnal braved cold wave conditions.

In Rajasthan, Ganganagar was the coldest place recording a low of 6.1 degrees Celsius.