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3 dead as cold intensify in Punjab, Haryana
CHANDIGARH/NEW DELHI, Dec 10 (PTI/IANS
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Published on 11 Dec. 2010 12:06 AM IST
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): With one more person dying, the toll in the cold wave sweeping Punjab and Haryana this season rose to three even as the mercury dropped by upto three degrees Celsius below normal in several places of the region.
A man died due to cold in Jalandhar yesterday evening, police said.
Earlier, a beggar and an unidentified man had died due to the cold in Jalandhar.
The minimum temperature at night hovered between three degrees Celsius below normal to four notches above normal in most places of Punjab and Haryana, the MeT office said here.
Hisar recorded the coldest temperature in the region with mercury settling at a low of 3.8 degrees Celsius which was three notches below normal.
While, Narnaul had a low of 4.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, the minimum temperature at Amritsar settled at 5.6 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal.
Among other places in the region, Karnal reeled under a low of six degrees Celsius, three notches below normal followed by 6.1 degrees Celsius at Patiala, one notch below normal.
Bhiwani had a low of 6.4 degrees Celsius followed by 6.5 degrees celsius at Rohtak, 7.4 degrees Celsius each at Ludhiana and Ambala.
Chandigarh had a low of 10.5 degrees Celsius, which was however, four notches above normal.
Besides cold wave sweeping the region, dense fog in the morning at Ambala, Karnal, Rohtak, Amritsar and Ludhiana threw normal life out of gear as visibility was poor forcing motorists to move at a snails pace.
The MeT forecast further dip in night as well as day temperatures in the region during the next two days.
In the Himalyan hills, people brought out their ‘pheran’ woollen overcoats and huddled around small street fires for some warmth Friday. For, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir experienced sub-zero temperatures as did the popular tourist destination of Mount Abu in Rajasthan.
Winter also advanced to the national capital, making for a cold and misty morning, but other northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were yet to feel the chill. In the south though, pouring rain continued in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
People in Kashmir shivered. “The minimum temperature in Srinagar Friday was minus 3.8 degrees Celsius while it was minus 15 and minus 10 in Leh and Kargil towns of Ladakh region respectively,” L.K. Pandita, assistant director of the weather office in Srinagar, told IANS.
Kashmiris have already started wearing the loose ‘pherans’ under which they keep their ‘kangris’ or low-fire earthen pot woven into a willow wicker basket.
Winter also tightened its grip on Himachal Pradesh. Keylong was the coldest town at a minimum temperature of minus 5 degrees Celsius. State capital Shimla recorded a minimum of 3.8 degrees, a slight fall of mercury from the previous day.
Also feeling the chill were tourists in Rajasthan’s only hill station of Mount Abu, where the mercury dipped to minus 1.5 degrees Celsius. “The state is already experiencing two to three degrees below normal temperatures,” said a weather official.
In Delhi, the minimum temperature early Friday morning was 8.7 degrees Celsius, an average for this time of the year.
“It was very cold in the morning when I went to drop my daughter to school, but the day was perfect for shopping and walking around,” said Jayati Singh, a city resident.
Hisar city in Haryana Friday recorded the coldest minimum temperature in the region at 3.8 degrees Celsius. Light fog also engulfed most parts of Punjab, Haryana and their joint capital city Chandigarh in the morning.
Parts of Uttar Pradesh have also been unusually warm and foggy. The minimum temperature Friday in Lucknow was 15.4 degrees Celsius, six degrees above what is normal for this time of the season, officials said.
In Andhra Pradesh, heavy rains have claimed 19 lives since Monday, officials said. Normalcy has returned to most affected villages as the rains have subsided since Thursday, but the Met office in Hyderabad has forecast more downpour over the next 24 hours.
The rains have damaged crops in 3.7 lakh hectares of fields in five districts of Andhra Pradesh and affected over 100,000 people.
Some places in Tamil Nadu such as Kanyakumari and Nagercoil experienced rains Friday. The forecast valid till Dec 12 is isolated light to moderate rains. In state capital Chennai, dark clouds sometimes gathered, but the skies did not open up Friday.

 
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