Severe cold wave conditions grip north India
Severe cold wave conditions persisted in Uttar Pradesh with mercury plummeting to eight degrees below normal, claiming eight more lives and taking the toll in the State this season to 107. While two persons died of cold in Gorakhpur, one each died in Varanasi, Kaushambi, Hardoi, Jhansi, Faridabad and Sultanpur since yesterday.india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 13:57 IST
Severe cold wave conditions persisted in Uttar Pradesh with mercury plummeting to eight degrees below normal, claiming eight more lives and taking the toll in the State this season to 107.
While two persons died of cold in Gorakhpur, one each died in Varanasi, Kaushambi, Hardoi, Jhansi, Faridabad and Sultanpur since yesterday.
Agra with minus one degree Celsius recorded the lowest temperature this season while minimum temperature fell markedly at several places, meteorological office sources said.
The weather office has predicted mainly dry weather in the next two days with no let-up in cold wave conditions. Meanwhile, records continued to tumble for the second day today as the ongoing cold wave sweeping most parts of north India claimed yet another life in Punjab.
Churu in Rajasthan recorded the lowest temperature in the plains at minus 2.9 degrees Celsius while Adampur (Jalandhar) stood at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius.
Cold claimed the life of an unidentified middle-aged man, presumed to be a beggar, in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab yesterday. With this, 18 people have succumbed to cold in Punjab while four have lost their lives to it in Haryana.
Barring Shimla which recorded a five degrees above normal low at 6.2 C, the minimum temperatures at many places in the region further nosedived.
While Delhi residents braved the coldest day in many decades as the low dipped to 0.2 degrees Celsius, seven degrees below normal, on the other hand Karnal was the coldest place in Haryana as it shivered at 0.1 C, down eight degrees, Meteorological Department sources said adding that the it was the lowest temperature in nearly two decades.
The Delhi government ordered the closure of all primary schools for the next three days. More than 5,000 government, private and MCD schools are likely to be affected by the decision.
Chandigarh also continued to be unusually cold. The minimum here plummetted to 1.3 C, down six degrees Celsius as the UT recorded its coldest day of the season so far.
Amritsar, which along with Adampur turns out to be the coldest place in Punjab, today recorded a sub zero low of 0.3 C, down four degrees. Patiala was even colder at minus 0.5 C, down seven degrees below normal range.