NEW DELHI: Many areas in the eastern states reeled under cold conditions with Gaya in Bihar and Daringbadi in Odisha recording the lowest temperatures.
In Bihar, Gaya recorded the state’s lowest minimum temperature at 2.8 degrees celsius and Bhagalpur at 3.1 degrees Celsius.
The state capital Patna recorded a minimum temperature of 6.1 degrees celsius.
The Patna Meteorological Centre said in its bulletin that severe cold day condition prevailed at Bhagalpur, Purnea, Chapra, Supaul, Forbisganj and Muzaffarpur.
The steel city of Jamshedpur and adjoining areas in Jharkhand today experienced the coldest day of the season and the East Singhbhum district administration has asked schools to declare holiday for the next three days for lower classes.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 6.5 degrees celsius, five notches below normal, Met office sources said.
Foggy, cold weather in Delhi
Foggy and cold conditions prevailed in the national capital though the minimum temperature rose marginally.
Delhi recorded a low of 4.2 degrees celsius, the season’s lowest temperature, on Saturday.
Delhi savoured a sun-washed afternoon which pushed the mercury to 20.7 degrees celsius. The city had a low of 6.4 degrees celsius.
Poor visibility affected the movement of trains. 50 of them were late, 16 rescheduled and 39 cancelled till 6 pm, a senior railway official said.
The relative humidity oscillated between 100 and 55 per cent.
‘Cold wave conditions to prevail in Odisha till January 9’
At least 13 places of Odisha today recorded temperature below 10 degrees celsius.
The mercury dipped to 3 degrees Celsius at Daringbadi, 4.5 degrees celsius at Phulbani, 7 degrees celsius at Sundergarh and 8 degrees celsius at Bhawanipatna.
The mercury dropped by 2 to 3 degrees celsius in coastal Odisha due to cold wind from the north-east direction.
IMD sources said the cold wave conditions will prevail in the state till January 9.
Icy winds in West Bengal
Icy winds walloped most areas in West Bengal intensifying the prevailing cold conditions even as the Met office forecast similar conditions for the next few days.
Sriniketan in Birbhum district was the coldest in the plains with minimum temperature of 5.8 degrees celsius at 5.30 am this morning, the MeT department said.
Kolkatans experienced a chilly Sunday with a minimum temperature of 10.6 degrees celsius, which is three notches below normal, the MeT department said.
Minimum temperatures dipped below the 10 degrees mark in most places of West Bengal, with Asansol recording a low of 7.1 degrees celsius, followed by Coochbehar 7.6 degrees celsius, Burdwan 7.6 degrees celsius and Bankura 8.4 degrees celsius.
Uttar Pradesh continues to reel under severe cold
Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow continued to reel under severe cold conditions, with the mercury dipping to 2.6 degrees celsius, five notches below the normal limit.
The chilly weather has prompted the local authorities to open schools only after 10am till Jan 13.
According to the MeT office, Lucknow recorded a high of 19.3 degrees celsius, two degrees below the normal mark.
Bahraich was the coldest place in the state, with a low of 2.2 degrees celsius, followed by Fursatganj (Rae Bareli) at 2.4 degrees celsius.
The minimum temperature in Basti, Kanpur, Agra and Allahabad was recorded at 3.0, 3.5, 3.7 and 5.0 degrees celsius respectively.
The MeT office has forecast dense to very dense fog at a few places, with cold to severe cold waves.
Ground frost is also likely at isolated places in the state, the MeT said.
No respite from biting cold wave conditions in Himachal Pradesh
The hills and valleys of Himachal shivered under biting cold conditions as mercury dropped further and stayed two to three degrees below normal at most of the places.
Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti experienced the coldest night with a low of minus 12.6 degrees celsius while Kalpa and Manali shivered at minus 5.0 degrees celsius.
The high altitude tribal areas reeled under arctic conditions with minimum temperatures ranging between minus 15 and minus 22 degrees celsius while mercury hovered at freezing point at most of the places.
Bhuntar recorded minimum temperature at minus 1.0 degrees celsius while Sundernagar, Solan and Shimla groaned under piercing cold wave conditions with mercury dipping to minus 0.4 degrees, 0.6 degrees and 1.3 degrees, followed by 1.5 degrees in Palampur, 2.0 degrees in Una, 4.6 degrees in Nahan and 5.2 degrees Celsius in Dharamshala.
The maximum temperatures also dropped marginally and Una was hottest with a high of 21.7 degrees, followed by 19.1 degrees in Sundernagar, 17.5 degrees in Bhuntar, 17.4 degrees in Solan, 14.9 degrees in Palampur, 13.4 degrees in Dharamshala, 12.5 degrees in Shimla and 9.0 degrees in Kalpa and minus 0.3 degrees celsius in Keylong.
The MeT office here has predicted dry weather in the region over the next six days while temperatures would stay two to three degrees below normal, indicating continuation of cold wave in the state.
Source : timesofindia