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Cold wave engulfs North India

Cold wave and dense fog engulfed entire North India on Wednesday forcing the mercury to dip further and disrupt train and vehicular movements. The minimum temperature in Delhi settled at four degree Celsius with traces of rain reported in some parts.

“The minimum temperature was recorded at four degree Celsius which was four points below normal and maximum was 18.3 degree which was two notches below the normal,” said  a senior MeT official. The weathermen have predicted that the maximum and minimum temperature in the city would hover around 17 and seven degree Celsius on Thursday with light rain and thunder storm at some places. According to weathermen, the cold wave would persist at least till January 20.

Dense fog in the morning led to the cancellation of eight trains which included Poorva Express, Shaheed Express and Mahananda Express. According to a railway spokesperson at least 24 trains were rescheduled and 49 of them delayed due to dense morning fog. However, the sun broke through as the day progressed providing some relief to shivering Delhiites. Flight operations also remained relatively smooth. Meanwhile, the higher reaches of Kashmir including the famous ski resort of Gulmarg received snowfall while light rains occurred at Srinagar and other plain areas of the Valley, breaking the prolonged dry spell.

The peripheral areas of Gulmarg including Aferwath, Khilanmarg and Kongdoori received moderate snowfall, said the MeT officials in Srinagar.

Reports of snowfall were also received from Z-gali, Sadna and Razdan tops and Gurez near the Line of Control in north Kashmir, Sonamarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway and higher reaches of Pir Panjal range including the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas. In Punjab and Haryana, too cold wave conditions continued to prevail with dense fog engulfing most places in the region affecting the normal life.  Dense fog engulfed Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Hisar, Karnal and Ambala reducing visibility to up to 150 meters.
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