Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, experienced the coldest night of the season in the state as the cold wave sweeping the Valley tightened its grip, while the minimum and maximum temperatures in the national capital Delhi rose by a few notches, Met officials said.
Dense fog across the northern plains of India obstructed vision and hindered movement of vehicles and train services. Around 50 trains were late, 16 rescheduled and 39 cancelled till 6pm, a senior Indian Railways official said in New Delhi.
The night temperature dropped across Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region, at some places by several degrees, with many weather monitoring stations marking the season’s lowest temperature, a Met department official said in Srinagar.
Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6C – a drop of nearly five degrees from yesterday’s minus 1.2C. The official said it was the season’s coldest night in Srinagar.
Kargil, in Ladakh region, was the coldest recorded place in the state as the mercury settled at a low of minus 18.8C.
Other towns in the valley which experienced the coldest night of the season were Qazigund (minus 4.6C), Kokernag (minus 4.4) and Kupwara (minus 4.6C). Gulmarg – a popular ski-resort in north Kashmir – recorded a low of minus 9.4C.
Himachal Pradesh, too, experienced biting cold conditions as the temperature dropped further and stayed 2-3 degrees below the normal at most places in the hill state. PTI