Manali in the winter
If you are heading out north or east anytime in the coming weeks, we recommend plenty of insulation and a sharp eye on the weather forecast. Kashmir is already facing what is called Chillai-Kalan, the harshest period of the winter that lasts around 40 days. And many parts of east India are also reeling under the harsh and bitter winter. ALSO READ: Makar Sankranti 2018 in Tamil Nadu: How Thai Pongal is Celebrated Also Read - Coronavirus: Man Killed in West Bengal as Groups Clash Over Setting up of Quarantine Centre
Places like Gaya, Bihar and Daringbadi, Odisha recorded their lowest temperatures. Gaya, for instance, saw a record low of 2.8 degrees Celsius, the lowest ever in the state. Bhagalpur, meanwhile, recorded 3.1 degrees and the state capital of Patna recorded a bone-chilling temperature of 6.1 degrees Celsius. The Patna Meteorological Centre warned of cold conditions in Mazaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Forbisganj, Chapra and Supaul. Also Read - Time to Stock up: Odisha Govt Announces 48-hour Lockdown in Cuttack Over COVID-19, All Passes Suspended
Jamshedpur and other nearby areas in Jharkhand also saw their coldest day in the season, with schools shutting down for three days to protect the kids from the harsh weather. The minimum temperature was 6.5 degrees, around five degrees lower than usual, according to Met office officials. Also Read - West Bengal: All Students of Class 1 to 8 to be Promoted to Next Class Directly
In the capital region of Delhi, meanwhile, fog and the bitter cold have been causing havoc for quite a while. Delhi saw a record low of 4.2 degrees, around two degrees lower than the last coldest day in its record. And this was despite a marginal overall increase in minimum temperatures. Poor visibility also delayed and cancelled several trains, so double check train schedules if you are travelling to or through or from Delhi NCR. The same precaution should also be taken for flight tickets, naturally.
In Orissa, meanwhile, at least 13 places saw the mercury drop below 10 degrees. Temperatures reached 3 degrees in Daringbadi, 4.5 in Phulbani, 7 in Sundergarh and 8 in Bhawanipatna. A cold wave swept through the Odisha coastline, but it should have cleared by now according to IMD sources. NOW READ: Makar Sankranti 2018: All the Ways in Which Makar Sankranti is Celebrated
West Bengal too bore the icy brunt of the cold winds, with Kolkata seeing a minimum temperature of 10.6 degrees, three points below normal according to the Met department. Asansol saw a low of 7.1 degrees while Coochbehar saw 7.6 degrees, Burdwan saw 7.6 degrees and Bankura saw 8.4 degrees.
Further west, in the foothills of Himachal Pradesh, cold wave conditions caused temperatures to drop 2-3 degrees below normal in several places. Keylong and Spiti saw cold nights, and so did Manali and Kalpa. Bhuntar saw temperatures drop to minus 1 degree and Shimla was pierced by cold waves, causing temperatures to drop to 1.3 degrees. Una, Palampur, Solan, Nahan and Dharamsala also experienced bitter winter nights.