New Delhi : There was no respite from cold wave conditions on Christmas in north India with dense fog partially stalling flight operations at Delhi airport, officials said on Tuesday. Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius, three notches below the normal, the weather office said. Flight operations were partially suspended at the Delhi airport due to low visibility conditions as departures were put on hold and more than 80 flights were delayed, an official said, reports PTI.
The humidity level in Delhi was recorded at 100 per cent. Shallow and moderate fog in the evening is in forecast. In Himachal Pradesh, cold wave conditions continued with the mercury plunging to minus 9.4 degrees Celsius in Keylong and popular tourist destination Manali reeling at minus 3.2 degrees Celsius. Cold wave conditions intensified across Kashmir as the mercury slipped further below the freezing point, resulting in frozen water bodies and water supply lines in several residential areas. Freezing cold conditions also gripped parts of Punjab and Haryana as minimum temperatures, which have been hovering below normal limits over the past two weeks, further plummeted.
Among other places in Punjab, Pathankot recorded a low of 2.9 degrees Celsius, Ludhiana 2.8 degrees Celsius, Faridkot 3.8 degrees Celsius, Gurdaspur 3.5 degrees Celsius, Bathinda 4.5 degrees Celsius and Halwara registered a low of 3 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 5.5 degree Celsius.
In Haryana, Narnaul was the coldest place with a minimum of 2.5 degrees Celsius, while piercing cold also gripped Hisar, which witnessed a low of 2.8 degrees Celsius. The cold wave conditions are likely to continue in the two states over the next few days, an official said.
Most parts of Uttar Pradesh was also in the grip of cold wave conditions and isolated areas witnessed shallow to moderate fog. Muzaffarnagar experiencing the lowest minimum temperature in the state at 1.6 degrees Celsius. According to the meteorological department, night temperatures remained much below normal in Allahabad, Meerut, Faizabad, Lucknow and Bareilly divisions and below normal in Varanasi, Agra divisions. Dense fog was also witnessed in various parts of Rajasthan amid cold wave conditions.