New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) There was no let up in chilly

conditions in northern parts of the country today as Jammu and

Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh reeled under cold

wave with train services hit due to fog.

There was some relief for people in Rajasthan, Punjab and

Haryana from intense cold as minimum temperatures rose in

these states even as northern districts of West Bengal

continue to experience chilly weather.

The national capital recorded a low of 8 degrees Celsius,

a notch above the season’s average, while train services were

hit because of fog.

As many as 25 north-bound trains were cancelled, 25

rescheduled and 56 delayed as of 6 pm, the Northern Railway

said.

The maximum temperature here was recorded at 23.7 degrees

Celsius, four notches above the normal, a Meteorological (MeT)

department official said.

Kashmir continued to be in the grip of cold wave as the

mercury stayed below the freezing point. But, the Ladakh

region got some respite from intense chill after the minimum

temperature rose by several degrees.

Night temperatures across the Valley, except for Gulmarg,

decreased marginally last night, while there was an

improvement by several degrees in the Ladakh region, a MeT

Department official said in Srinagar.

The Jammu and Kashmir capital recorded a low of minus 3.2

degrees Celsius last night, up from minus 3 degrees on the

previous night. The ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded minus 5.4

degrees Celsius, an increase of over three degrees.

Kargil was the coldest place in the state at minus 14.8

degrees Celsius, followed by Leh at minus 7.7 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).

Himachal Pradesh reeled under cold wave conditions with

some respite for people in high-altitude areas of the state

with day temperatures rising by a few notches.

Keylong and Kalpa registered a high of 9 degrees Celsius

and 9.6 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperatures were

minus 4.6 degrees Celsius and minus 3.6 degrees Celsius,

respectively.

Icy winds swept Uttar Pradesh forcing the administration

in the state capital to order closure of schools till Monday.

Kanpur and Bareilly were among the coldest places in the

state recording a low of 5 and 5.4 degrees Celsius

respectively.

The state capital shivered at 7 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab and Haryana, the minimum temperatures rose with

Adampur being the coldest at 5.4 degrees Celsius.

Bathinda in Punjab shivered at a low of 5.6 degrees

Celsius, one notch above normal, while Bhiwani in Haryana

recorded a low of 6.4 degrees Celsius.

In the desert of Rajasthan, there was some respite for

people from intense cold as the minimum temperature rose by

one to two degrees at most places.

Alwar was coldest in the state at 2.2 degrees Celsius

followed by 5 degrees in Rajasthan’s hill station Mount

Abu.

Northern districts of Bengal reeled under very cold

conditions while temperatures rose in the state’s western

parts.

Coochbehar recorded its coldest night this season at 6.2

degrees Celsius, while the day temperature rose to only 15.6

degrees as dense fog engulfed the district, the MeT department

in Kolkata said.

Jalpaiguri was the second coldest at 6.3 degree Celsius

while in the Gangetic plains, Krishnagar recorded a low of

6.6 degree Celsius.

Kolkata, recorded a minimum temeperature of 11.9 degrees

Celsius, two degrees below the normal, the MeT.

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