All of North India is reeling under an intense cold wave forcing people to stay indoors.
As Leh in J-K recorded its coldest overnight temperature at minus 17 degrees Celsius, the Kashmir Valley remained in the grip of an intense cold wave.
“This is the lowest recorded (in Leh) so far this season,” a Met department official told IANS.
The situation was no different elsewhere in the valley. Srinagar, the winter capital, recorded -4.7 degrees Celsius. Jammu, the summer capital, recorded 3.8 degrees.
In UP, fog and cold wave conditions continued to disrupt normal life with Churk recording a season’s low of 0.5 degree Celsius.
According to the Met department, night temperature fell appreciably in Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Faizabad and Allahabad division.
The temperature was below normal in Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Kanpur, Bareilly, Moradabad, Agra, Lucknow and Jhansi divisions but remained normal in Meerut division.
The situation in Bihar was no different where dense fog disrupted normal life, reducing visibility to an extreme low, even as Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s helicopter could not land in Sitamarhi district for an official programme.
Sub-divisional Officer (SDO) of Pupri in Sitamarhi Akhilesh Kumar Singh confirmed that Majhi’s chopper could not land and returned to Patna.
Patna recorded a maximum temperature of 17.2 degrees Celsius and minimum 5.6 degrees.
Long distance trains, including Rajdhani Express passing through Bihar, ran three to 13 hours late.
Many parts of Madhya Pradesh too experienced biting cold with Pachmarhi recording a minimum of minus 0.4 degree Celsius.