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Delhi’s cold wave leaves Shimla behind

Updated: January 6, 2023 2:38 pm

North India is facing a severe cold. No relief is expected for the next few days. The Meteorological Department had to issue a red alert on Thursday on the basis of forecasts. The Meteorological Department said, many parts of North India are facing cold waves and dense fog. In many places in the plains, mercury has been recorded less than that in the hilly areas. Dense fog reduced visibility to 50 meters in many areas. In many states including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Bihar, the cold wave and below normal temperature will continue for the next few days. Day temperatures are also likely to remain much below the normal in these states.

In the national capital, the mercury dropped to three degrees on Thursday morning, which was the coldest morning of this season. This is also the lowest temperature recorded in January in Delhi in the last two years. The minimum temperature in Delhi was also lower than that in Dalhousie (4.9 degrees), Dharamshala (5.2 degrees), Kangra (3.2 degrees), Shimla (3.7 degrees), Dehradun (4.6 degrees), Mussoorie (4.4 degrees) and Nainital (6.2 degrees).

Wednesday night was the coldest night of the season in Srinagar. During this, the mercury went down to minus 6.4 degrees. This is the second lowest temperature recorded in the month of January in Srinagar in the last five years, whereas, Qazigundgun, the gateway to the Kashmir Valley, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday night. Pahalgam was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. There the minimum temperature was minus 9.2 degree Celsius.

The Meteorological Department has issued a warning for Punjab and Haryana. There will be severe winter havoc for the coming few days. On the other hand, Gurgudaspur remained the coldest place in Punjab and Haryana on Thursday, where the minimum temperature was recorded at 2.2 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature of Moga also remained close to two degrees. At the same time, the temperature in Hisar and Narnaul of Haryana is also three degrees.

The dip in mercury has signalled the onset of a harsh, unforgiving. And like every year, street urchins, rag pickers, shoeshine boys and small time vendors are the worst hit. Without a single piece of warm clothings they brave the cold on Delhi’s streets, day in and day out.

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