The new year begins with a cold note to the north; Mercury falls below 1 ° C in several places

NEW DELHI: The New Year began with a cold note to northern India, as several places, from the plains to the hills, recorded temperatures below 1 degree Celsius with Sri Ganganagar of Rajasthan, which almost touched the mark of 50 degrees last summer, shaking at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Delhi also witnessed conditions as it was set at 2.4 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal. Twenty-nine trains were delayed from two to nine hours because the fog reduced visibility, authorities said.

A chilling wave of chill swept Punjab and Haryana with Ludhiana as the coldest place in the two states registering 0.3 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal.

Pathankot, Adampur, Halwara, Bathinda, Faridkot and Gurdaspur recorded their lows at 0.8, 0.4, 0.6, 0.9, 1.2 and 3.1 degrees Celsius, respectively. Among other places, Amritsar and Patiala challenged the cold to a minimum of 2.4 and 1.6 degrees Celsius respectively, up to five degrees below normal.

In Haryana, Ambala, Hisar and Karnal they cool to 2.4, 1, 0.6 degrees Celsius respectively, up to six notches below normal.

Narnaul, Rohtak, Sirsa and Bhiwani experienced cold wave conditions at 1, 1.6, 2.4 and 3.8 degrees Celsius, respectively. Chandigarh Union Territory, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, recorded its minimum of 3.5 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal.

Himachal Pradesh experienced dry and cold weather on Wednesday with several places of tourist attraction in the state shaking at freezing temperatures.

Keylong recorded the lowest temperature in the state at minus 10 degrees Celsius. Kalpa in the Kinnaur district recorded a minimum of minus 4.1 degrees Celsius, while Manali, Kufri and Solan shivered at less 2.6 degrees Celsius, minus 2.3 degrees Celsius and minus 1 degree Celsius, respectively.

The minimum temperature in Dalhousie and Shimla was 0.1 degrees Celsius and 1.4 degrees Celsius, respectively. The highest maximum temperature in the state was recorded in Bilaspur at 16.5 degrees Celsius.

In Rajasthan, Sri Ganganagar was the coldest place with mercury settling at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The maximum temperature touched 49.6 degrees Celsius on May 31, 2019 in Sri Ganganagar, breaking a record 75 years for the month of May.

In other parts of the state, Jaisalmer, Pilani, Bikaner, Sikar and Barmer recorded minimum temperatures of 2.7, 2.9, 3.4, 4 and 5.8 degrees Celsius, respectively.

A day after a break, the minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir valley fell again, and the MeT department forecast a period of moderate to heavy snowfall in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh as of Wednesday.

The city of Srinagar recorded the minimum of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius on Tuesday night, below minus 3.2 degrees Celsius the night before, the official said.

Authorities said the Gulmarg ski resort in northern Kashmir was the coldest place in the valley with a minimum of minus 11.0 degrees Celsius on Wednesday night, almost four points below last night minus 7.2 degrees centigrade

Mercury in the city of Drass was set at a minimum of minus 17.0 degrees Celsius, more than five degrees above minus 22.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.

In Uttar Pradesh, Etawah and Meerut were the coldest places in the state, and both recorded a minimum of 2.8 degrees Celsius. Lucknow recorded a minimum temperature of 4 degrees Celsius. Varanasi recorded a minimum of 6.5 degrees Celsius, while in Allahabad it was 7.2 degrees Celsius.

In the east, cold-wave conditions were observed in Odisha with five locations in the state that registered a minimum temperature below 10 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, said a MeT department official.

The minimum temperature increased from two to three notches, while the maximum decreased from three to four notches. While the highest maximum temperature of 30 degrees Celsius was recorded in Malkangiri, the lowest minimum temperature of 6.8 degrees was in Keonjhar on the plains of Odisha.

Angul's minimum temperature was recorded at 7.6 degrees Celsius, followed by Talcher (8.9), Phulbani (9), Sonepur (9.6), Sundergarh (10) and Balasore (10.1).

The state capital, Bhubaneswar, recorded 12.6 degrees Celsius, while neighboring Cuttack also trembled at 10.8 degrees Celsius.