Bathinda coldest at 2.7 deg C as cold wave continues in Punjab

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Though the sun shone bright in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi, icy winds pushed the minimum temperature below the normal level.

About four-feet of snow had accumulated on the ground at Peer Ki Gali along the road during the inclement weather between Dec 11 and 14, hampering restoration of the road link.

Usually, Delhi does witness variation in terms of maximum temperatures during this time of the year as they settle anywhere between 15 degrees and early 20s.

The Mughal road remained closed for vehicular movement for the eighth consecutive day after heavy snowfall, while one-way traffic was playing smoothly on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius, nearly four degrees down from the previous night's minus 5.7 degrees Celsius, the official said. "The minimum temperatures in Katra town was 7.2, in Batote 4.2, Bannihal 1.7, Bhaderwah minus 0.2 and in Udhampur it was 3.1 degrees Celsius", the official added.

Gwalior recorded day temperature at 22.4 which was 3 degree Celsius below the normal temperature and night temperature was recorded at 9 degree Celsius which was the lowest night temperature of the state. Chill continued to sweep the state with the minimum temperature at several places plunging below normal, weather officials said.

Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir shuddered at minus 3.7 deg C. The day temperature was recorded at 21.8 degree Celsius which was 4 degree Celsius below the normal temperature.

Avalanche warnings have been issued for parts of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir while cold conditions prevail in northern India as dense fog covered parts of Punjab and Haryana on Thursday. Whereas, the power generation of hydropower projects has been reduced to 20 per cent.

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