North India shivers

Biting cold wave persisted in north India as the mercury continued its downward trend. Weather office said the national capital region is likely to record its second-coldest December since 1901 as temperatures are predicted to drop further.

The minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 5.8 degrees Celsius while maximum was 13.4 degrees Celsius, seven notches below normal. Narnaul in Haryana was the coldest place with 2.5 degrees Celsius while Hisar recorded a minimum of 3.3 degrees Celsius. The MeT office has predicted snowfall in middle and high hills of Himachal Pradesh on December 31 and January 1.

The Drass belt of Kargil district was the coldest place in the twin Union Territories of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh recording a minimum temperature of minus 30.2 degrees Celsius.

In Rajasthan, Fatehpur town in Sikar district recorded season’s lowest night temperature at minus 3 degrees Celsius. In Bihar, classes have been suspended in government schools in many districts due to severe cold.

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