No respite from cold in North India

People sitting around a bonfire to warm themselves during

People sitting around a bonfire to warm themselves during

Rajasthan got a slight respite from severe cold with the night temperatures recording between two to three degrees Celsius above normal due to a western disturbance.

Qazigund has recorded minus 5.0 degree Celsius, Tourist destination Pahalgam has recorded minus 4.8, degree Celsius and ski resort Gulmarg has recorded minus 5, respectively.

He said Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of -5.3C.

The minimum temperature was minus 4.3 degree Celsius in Srinagar, minus 4.8 degree Celsius in Pahalgam and minus 5 degree Celsius in Gulmarg on Sunday.

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.


Kashmir Valley is passing through the 40-day long period of harsh winter cold called "Chillai Kalan" which will end on 30 January. Keylong, Manali and Kalpa recorded a low of minus 7.6 degrees Celsius, minus 3 degrees Celsius and minus 1.6 degrees Celsius respectively, the MeT office said. The resort was the only place in the Valley where the temperature increased last night.

An official from the meteorological department said that weather is likely to remain dry till January 20.

Leh was the coldest place recorded in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said.

In Himachal Pradesh, cold wave swept most parts of the state with minimum temperatures further dropping in high-altitude areas.

He said data for nearby Kargil town was not available. And where Bhiwani settled at a low of 6.4 degrees Celsius, the minimum at Faridkot was registered a close 6.5 degrees Celsius.

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