March 21, 2023

Cold wave grips north India; Rajasthan’s Sikar, Churu below freezing point | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Severe cold wave conditions were witnessed throughout the northern parts of the country on Saturday, with minimum temperatures in Rajasthan’s Fatehpur (Sikar) and Churu dropping below freezing point. The minimum temperature in Rajasthan was recorded at -3.3°C in Fatehpur of Sikar district, and in neighbouring Churu, it was -1.1°C, according to the meteorological department.
People in Jaipur woke up to the coldest morning of the season so far when a minimum temperature of 4.9°C, almost four degrees below normal, was recorded.
Parts of Madhya Pradesh, including Bhopal, also experienced a cold wave on Saturday due to chilly winds coming from the North. The lowest minimum temperature of 4°C was recorded in Gwalior, Datia and in Nowgaon area of Chhatarpur district, said PK Saha, a meteorologist at IMD Bhopal office.
The wave is the result of winds coming from Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand which have witnessed snowfall. “At -6 and 2.3°C, Srinagar and Jammu recorded the coldest night of the season so far on Saturday,” a department official said. Pahalgam recorded -8.3°C and Gulmarg -8.5 as their minimum temperature. Meanwhile, Drass town of Ladakh recorded -20.3 and Leh -15.3 as the night’s lowest temperature, the official added.
Extreme cold conditions were witnessed across Uttarakhand on Saturday, with the Met department issuing a yellow alert in the state till December 24. On Friday, the lowest temperature was recorded in Ranichauri at -2.7°C. In Mussoorie, the temperature dipped to 2°C at night. As per IMD, the minimum average temperature in Uttarakhand on Saturday was 3.8°C , 3 notches less than normal, while average maximum temperature was 17.8°C, four notches below normal.
A fresh spell of snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh has put Manali, Shimla, Solan, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, and Dalhousie under a cold wave. Water froze inside pipes in higher reaches of Chamba, Lahul-Spiti, Kinnaur, and Shimla.

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