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Cold waves hit north; mercury dips below zero in Himachal
Shimla/Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS):
Published on 27 Dec. 2009 10:52 PM IST
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Higher reaches in Himachal Pradesh recorded sub-zero temperature Sunday with Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district being the coldest, the Met department here said. Keylong recorded a minimum of minus 11 degrees, against Saturday’s minus 11.4 degrees, said the department in an official release. Similarly, Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded a night temperature of minus 4 degrees Celsius. The popular hill station Shimla recorded a minimum of 2.7 degree Celsius, a decline by 1.5 degrees from Saturday. Bhuntar near Kullu recorded a low of minus 0.2 degrees Celsius. The Met office forecast mainly dry weather in lower and mid hills, while high hills could witness snow at isolated places Monday. Meanwhile in Delhi, foggy mornings lie ahead for the residents of the capital with the minimum temperature set to hover around six degrees Celsius, a weather department official said Sunday. “There will be fog in the morning but the sky will remain clear during the day,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS. The minimum and maximum temperatures will be around six degrees Celsius and 23 degrees Celsius, respectively. The capital saw a chilly morning Sunday with a minimum temperature of 5.5 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature of 22.7 degree Celsius. Commuters had a tough time as they battled reduced visibility on the roads due to fog. “The minimum temperature was 5.5 degrees, at least three degrees below the average. Last year, it was 7 degrees on Dec 27,” the official added. As predicted, the city witnessed moderate foggy conditions with the visibility at 200 metres, the official said. Apart from the thousands of commuters who drove cautiously on Delhi roads, the start of the last one-day cricket match between India and Sri Lanka here was also delayed by at least 15 minutes. “It was a bit hazy in the morning and we drove slowly to avoid any accident,” said Dipayan Das, an advertising professional who lives in east Delhi. “It’s certainly cold and we are not taking any chance while going out of our home. Two layers of woollens and a cap is what I am resorting to these days,” Das added. According to the IMD official, the weather conditions were normal for this time of the year. “It’s very normal. Expect a maximum of around 22 degrees today (Sunday) and tomorrow, the minimum may increase to six degrees. More than the temperature, it is the chilly wind that is affecting Delhiites,” the official added.

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