NEW DELHI: It was a cold and foggy Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 4.2 degree Celsius, three notches below the season’s average. Visibility at 8.30 a.m. was 400 metres.
Thick layer of fog affected rail road and air traffic. 85 trains were running late while 18 got cancelled and around 64 flights were also delayed due to bad visibility in the Delhi and NCR region due to the fog cover.
“Due to poor visibility in #fog at Delhi, Patna, Varanasi, Chandigarh and Lucknow some of our flights are affected,” Jet Airways tweeted.
The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 18 degrees c in the day , the weatherman said.
Similar were the conditions in other parts of the country. Ladakh region remained in a deep freeze as Jammu and Kashmir shivered on Saturday with night temperatures dropping several degrees below the freezing point, the Met said.
Leh at minus 15.6 was the coldest town in the state as a bitter cold wave continued to sweep through the valley. Srinagar city recorded minus 1.2, Pahalgam and Gulmarg were minus 8.4 and minus 9.4, respectively, a Met official said.
The Kashmir Valley is passing through the 40-day long period of harsh winter condition known as the “Chillai Kalan”, which started on December 21 and will end on January 30.
In the Jammu region, Bhaderwah was the coldest town at minus 1.8, followed by Bannihal at minus 0.2.
While in Uttar Pradesh, extreme cold wave conditions prevailed in most parts oon Saturday. Lack of night shelters and amenities have already led to the death of over 70 homeless and poor people.
Sultanpur district remained the coldest in the past 24 hours with the mercury dipping to 2.8 degrees Celsius. Lucknow shivered at three degrees Celsius.
The weatherman has predicted that the cold wave would not subside for the next few days and the temperatures were only likely to improve after January 10.
Condition were no good in Punjab and Haryana as dense fog engulfed most parts of both the states, affecting normal life.
Foggy weather delayed some trains passing through Punjab and Haryana and also affected flight operations, officials said.
Chandigarh airport recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 1.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Bathinda in Punjab which shivered at 1.9 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said.
Himachal Pradesh tourist destinations Shimla and Manali on Saturday saw the season’s lowest temperature. The minimum temperatures across the state remained two-three degrees below average.
At many places in the state the temperatures remained below freezing point.
“No significant western disturbance is expected for a week. The weather will largely remain dry and the minimum temperatures will remain two-three degrees below the season’s average for the next two days,” Manmohan Singh, director of the meteorological department said.
Keylong, headquarter town of Lahaul and Spiti district, was the coldest at a minimum of minus 11.3 degrees Celsius.
Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius.
NINE KILLED IN KASHMIR AVALANCHE
SRINAGAR: Nine persons were killed and two, including an eight-year-old, were rescued after the vehicle in which they were travelling was caught in an avalanche in a north Kashmir border area, police said on Saturday.
The avalanche occurred on Friday evening at 3,000-metre Sadhna Pass of Tangdhar region in Kupwara district on Friday evening.
“Nine dead bodies have been recovered by rescue teams. The deadinc lude an engineer of the BRO (Border Roads Organisation) and eight locals,” a police officer said. The BRO engineer was identified as Mangla Prasad Singh. Rescue teams rescued the child and a 50--old man from the avalanche debris on Friday evening.
Sadhna Pass, which mostly remains closed for six months in winters, connects Kupwara with border town of Karnah
Rescue operations at the mountanious pass overlooking zigzag, treacherous roads are extremely difficult due to sub zero temperatures.