New Delhi, Jan 13 (PTI) Northern states of the country,

including Jammu and Kashmir, reeled under intense cold wave

conditions today as fog engulfed parts of Uttar Pradesh and

Delhi.

In the national capital visibility dropped to 400 metres

in the early hours due to fog, which also affected train

services.

The minimum temperature here was 5.5 degrees Celsius, two

notches below the normal, and the maximum 23.3 degrees

Celsius.

Visibility improved to 700 metres at 8:30 am and skies

remained clear throughout the day, a Meteorological (MeT)

department official said.

The Northern Railway said that as many as 18 north-bound

trains were cancelled, 18 rescheduled and 44 delayed as of 7

pm.

Dense fog was also reported from parts of eastern Uttar

Pradesh with Muzaffarnagar being the coldest place in the

state at 2.6 degrees Celsius.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Leh

plummeted by several degrees to minus 15 degrees Celsius as

cold wave intensified in the state.

State capital Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of

minus 4.6 degrees Celsius while Pahalgam and Kupwara in north

Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.1 and minus 5.3 degrees

Celsius respectively, a MeT official said.

The popular ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus

4.5 degrees Celsius.

Kashmir is under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’, the 40-day

period of harshest winter when the chances of snowfall are

maximum. It ends on January 31.

The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai-

Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby

cold).

Most parts of Punjab and Haryana reeled under cold

weather conditions as minimum temperatures in several parts of

the states remained several notches below the normal.

Chandigarh, the common capital of the states, shivered at

5.1 degrees Celsius while Admapur was coldest place in the

region at 2.2 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said.

In Haryana, Ambala, Hisar and Karnal recorded 4.5, 3.5

and 2.5 degrees Celsius, respectively, and in Punjab,

Amritsar’s minimum settled at 4.6 degrees Celsius.

Fog was reported from parts of both states.

People in Rajasthan had some respite as minimum

temperatures in the desert state rose by a few notches due to

a western disturbance.

Sriganganagar was the coldest place in the state with the

minimum at 3.4 degrees Celsius, the MeT office in Jaipur said.

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