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Chill factor: City shivers at 7.2o C

TUESDAY SAW Lucknowites literally looking for ?cover? as the city shivered at a minimum temperature of 7.2 degree Celsius, three degree below normal. It was the coldest day in the month of November in the last seven years.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2006 11:01 IST

Coldest November day in seven years

TUESDAY SAW Lucknowites literally looking for ‘cover’ as the city shivered at a minimum temperature of 7.2 degree Celsius, three degree below normal. It was the coldest day in the month of November in the last seven years.

And this is not it. The minimum temperature is expected to go further down in days to come, says the weatherman.

The reason for this sudden drop in temperature as cited by the meteorological department here is snowfall in western high hills coupled with free flow of westerly dry continental wind.

Talking to Hindustan Times on telephone, KP Kulshrestha, met director, said: “This year since November 24 there has been a gradual fall in the night temperature. On November 24, it was 14.7; on November 25, it was 11.6, while on November 26 the night temperature was recorded as 9.2. Yesterday (November 27) it was nine degree.”

Forget about night temperature, even the maximum temperature has also gone down three degree Celsius below normal for the last few days. The met department, however, is of the view that this situation would not last long and things would improve in a few days.

According to an agency report from Chandigarh, a cold wave swept most parts of northern India on Tuesday, tightening its grip on many places in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab as Ludhiana experienced an intense chill.

Piercing cold gripped Kashmir valley with Srinagar recording a low of minus 1.4 degree Celsius, Jammu had a low of 9.3 degree, two degrees below normal.

The higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh received another spell of snowfall today. Solang Nullah had 3 cm of snow while Dhundi had 4 cm snowfall.

Ludhiana was the coldest place in Punjab as the night temperature there plummeted to 3.1 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal.

“A Western Disturbance over North Pakistan and adjoining north-east Afghanistan still persists as an upper air system. Cold wave conditions in some parts of Punjab are likely to continue over the next two days,” a MET official said. Chandigarh also reeled under cold conditions and the low here was recorded at 6.6 degree C, down two degrees.

In Haryana, Ambala and Karnal bore intense chill, recording respective minimums of 5.8 C and 5.9 C while Delhi had a low of 8.2 degree C, down two from normal. (More)