Cold wave intensifies in North India

Biting cold conditions intensified in parts of Rajasthan on Tuesday, with Mount Abu being recorded as the coldest place in the state at minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, officials said.

Sikar and Bhilwara in Rajasthan recorded minimum temperatures of 0.5 degrees Celsius and 1.6 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Churu, Vanasthali, Pilani, Dabok, Chittorgarh recorded minimum temperatures of 2, 2.8, 2.9, 3 and 3.5 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological (MeT) Department.

In Uttar Pradesh, cold wave conditions prevailed at isolated places in the past 24 hours with the lowest temperature recorded at 2.4 degrees Celsius in Etawah.

“Cold wave conditions occurred at isolated places over the state. Dense to very dense fog occurred at isolated places over west UP,” the MeT Department in Lucknow said in a statement.

According to the India Meteorological Department, “very dense” fog is when visibility is between 0 and 50 metres. In case of “dense” fog, visibility is between 51 and 200 metres.

Reduced visibility due to dense fog caused an accident in which five people were killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district on Tuesday. An ambulance carrying a body and on its way to Chittorgarh in Rajasthan hit a stationary truck in Gopiganj area in Bhadohi, Superintendent of Police Ram Badan Singh said.

Four members of a family and the ambulance driver were killed in the accident, the SP said.

The highest temperature in Uttar Pradesh was 22.2 degrees Celsius recorded at Lakhimpur Kheri, while the lowest was 2.4 degrees Celsius registered at Etawah.

 The minimum temperatures continued to hover below normal limits in Haryana and Punjab, with Narnaul reeling at 1.8 degrees Celsius.

 Narnaul in Haryana recorded four degrees below normal minimum temperature. Hisar, too, experienced a cold night recording a low of 3 degrees Celsius, down five notches below normal.

 Bhiwani (4.9 degrees Celsius) and Ambala (5.4 degrees Celsius) also recorded below normal minimums.

 In Punjab, Ludhiana reeled under a biting chill, recording a low of 3.2 degrees Celsius, down three notches against the normal for this time of the year.

 Amritsar recorded a low of 3.8 degrees Celsius, down one notch while Patiala’s minimum settled at 4.7 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal range.

Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a low of 5.7 degrees Celsius, one notch below the normal.

The maximum temperatures also hovered well below normal limits in the two states, including Chandigarh.

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