New Delhi: On Thursday, Adilabad in Telangana was the coldest place in the plains, with the night temperature dropping to 8.6 degrees C. Madhya Pradesh seemed the coldest state by occupying four of the top 10 slots. Right after Adilabad was Mandla in Madhya Pradesh at 9 degrees C. On #3 spot was Amritsar in Punjab at 10 degrees C.

According to data from skymetweather.com, UP’s industrial city of Kanpur stood at the fourth spot at 10.2 degrees C while Medak in Telangana was on #5 at 10.5 degrees C. Chhindwara, Betul and Khajuraho, all in Madhya Pradesh, took the next three spots with the night temperature at 11.2 degrees C, 11.7 degrees C and 11.8 degrees C respectively.

In UP, after remaining below normal for a week, night temperatures have been rising for the past couple of days due to high pollution levels and a break in the flow of cold winds from snow-fed mountains.

The maximum temperature on Wednesday was 29.4 degrees Celsius, which Met officials said was normal at this time. But the minimum temperature was 16.8 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal. The rise in mercury levels in the night started from Tuesday when the minimum temperature was 14.2 degrees Celsius, a degree above normal.

A western disturbance over northern hill states has cut off the flow of cold air towards the plains. This arrested further drop in temperatures in many parts of UP, including Lucknow. Now, high pollution levels are leading to a rise in the temperatures in the night.

In the national capital, there were light rain and thundershowers, turning the weather pleasant and with the maximum and minimum temperatures hovering at 30 and 14 degrees Celsius respectively.