new Delhi. Most parts of North India remained cold on Thursday, while minimum temperatures were below normal in many places in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. There was a slight improvement in the freezing conditions in Kashmir as the minimum temperature in the entire valley rose slightly, although the Meteorological Department has predicted light snowfall for two days from Saturday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that in the national capital, the minimum temperature remained below five degrees Celsius for the second consecutive day. The department said that due to dense fog in Delhi, visibility reduced to 100 meters in many areas on Thursday morning.
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Safdarjung observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 4.5 degrees and a maximum of 23.1 degrees Celsius. Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the regional forecasting center of the department, said, “Due to the thick fog prevailing in Palam area, the visibility was reduced to 100 meters between five and eight o’clock in the morning.”
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Cold wave conditions are expected to last for the next two days in Delhi and the temperature is expected to reach three degrees Celsius on Friday. The department said that “moderate to dense” fog is likely during this time. Officials said that if the minimum temperature in the plains is 10 degrees Celsius or less and 4.5 degrees Celsius below normal, IMD declares a cold wave.
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Cold wave prevailed in Haryana and Punjab and the minimum temperature was well below the normal temperature this season. Meteorological Department officials said here that Adampur in Punjab recorded a minimum temperature of 1.6 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana also recorded a minimum temperature of 2.1 degrees Celsius. In addition, Halwara in Punjab recorded a minimum temperature of 2.5 degrees Celsius. Faridkot, Bathinda, Amritsar, Patiala and Gurdaspur recorded minimum temperatures of 3.6, 4.8, four, 5.6 and 5.8 degrees Celsius respectively.
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Meanwhile, Ambala, Karnal, Narnaul, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Sirsa in Haryana also recorded night temperatures of 5.7, 2.9, 4.6, 4.6, 5.2 and 6.3 degrees Celsius respectively, which is below normal. Chandigarh, the shared capital of the two states, recorded a minimum temperature of 4.7 degrees Celsius.
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Meteorological Department officials said that visibility was low due to fog at many places including Karnal, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala. Temperatures went below zero in Keylong, Kalpa and Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. Director of the Meteorological Center, Shimla, Manmohan Singh said that Keylong, the administrative center of tribal district Lahaul-Spiti, was the coldest place in the state, where the minimum temperature was minus 8.4 degrees Celsius. He said that Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.2 and in Mandi 1 degree Celsius. Manali, Dalhousie and Kufri recorded minimum temperatures of minus 4.3 and 4.5 degrees Celsius respectively. He said that Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 4.1 degrees Celsius.
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The weather center has forecast rain and snowfall at different places in the state on 27 and 28 December. After the minimum temperature rose on Thursday in the Kashmir Valley, there was a slight decrease in winter, while the Meteorological Department has predicted light snowfall in the valley for two days from Saturday. Officials of the Meteorological Department said that some increase in night temperature has been recorded but it has remained below the freezing point. He said that due to snowfall on December 12, the weather in the entire Kashmir is dry and cold and the night temperature is slightly below the freezing point.
He said that Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, which is slightly higher than the previous night. Last night the minimum temperature was recorded at minus five degrees Celsius. He said that Pahalgaon recorded a minimum temperature of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius, which is higher than the previous night’s minus 6.6 degrees Celsius. He said that Gulmarg recorded a minimum temperature of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, which is higher than six degrees Celsius below zero on Wednesday night. Gulmarg was the coldest place in the valley. Similarly, the minimum temperature in Qazigund was 3.4 degree Celsius below zero, Kupwara 3.8 degree Celsius below zero, Kokernag three degree Celsius below zero.
Cold wave has increased in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours due to cold wave. At the same time, people had to face trouble due to dense fog on Thursday morning. According to the Meteorological Department, there will be no significant change in the night temperature in all the districts of the state. Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Moradabad, Ayodhya, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Kanpur districts recorded the minimum temperature below normal. Muzaffarnagar recorded the lowest temperature of 2.5 degree Celsius in the state, while Jhansi recorded the highest at 26.1 degree Celsius.
The Meteorological Department has generally predicted dry and foggy weather in the state. The slight rise in minimum temperature in Rajasthan has brought some relief from cold. The lowest temperature in the state on Wednesday night was recorded at one degree Celsius in Mount Abu. According to a meteorological department spokesperson, Mount Abu, the only hill tourist destination of the state, recorded a minimum temperature of 1.0 degree Celsius in the last 24 hours. In the plains, Churu recorded a temperature of 4.8 degrees Celsius. Similarly, minimum temperature was 4.9 degrees in Pilani, 6.0 degrees in Sikar and Ganganagar, 6.5 degrees in Bhilwara, 7.9 degrees in Chittorgarh on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, daytime temperatures in the state have also gone up to 24 degrees Celsius or above. According to the Meteorological Department, the weather in the state is generally expected to be dry in the next 24 hours.