NEW DELHI — It was a bitterly cold day in north India yesterday with maximum temperature in the national capital breaking 43-year record as the maximum temperature was a mere 9.8 degrees Celsius, 11 notches below normal.
The day began chilly and foggy in Delhi with minimum temperature two notches below average at 4.8 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature was recorded 11 notches below average. It was this cold the last time in 1969.
The cold wave also pulled temperatures way below zero in Indian-administered Kashmir and Himachal and the fog hit air, train and road traffic in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.
A Met Department official in mountainous Jammu and Kashmir said minimum temperature fell to minus 3.9 degrees in Srinagar, minus 7.7 degrees in Pahalgam and minus 9.2 degrees in Gulmarg.
But the coldest town was Leh at minus 16.2 degrees Celsius. Kargil recorded minus 14.8 degrees. The conditions would only get worse today before an improvement in night temperatures from tomorrow. — IANS