Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Cold conditions are prevailing in the north west and north India and in Pakistan since the last few days.

In Pakistan, the low has dropped to -2 c in Islamabad, and to -13c in Skardu and Kalat. Nawabshah and Sibi in Sindh are cold at a low of 0 degreesc. Karachi recorded 7c last night.


People in the Kashmir valley, Leh, Kargil and Dras continue to shiver with biting cold during nights but enjoy during the day because of above normal temperature.
The minimum temperature in the valley was -7.9 c, coldest night of the winter so far. Yesterday, it was -7.1 c during the night, a weather office spokesman said.
The major parts of the world famous Dal Lake froze and water tapes in several localities were damaged. However, frozen water and water tapes started melting as the day progressed.
It was the coldest night after the minimum temperature was recorded at -7.9c, 5.2 degrees below normal.
The lowest temperature of minus 12.8 c was recorded on December 13, 1964 when water in the Dal Lake was totally frozen.
However, the day was a bit warmer after the maximum temperature was recorded at 12 c, five degree above normal.
There is a difference of 10 degree between minimum and maximum temperature in the valley.
Interestingly, night temperature at tourist spot Pahalgam was minus 6.8 c, about a degree warmer than Srinagar. Nights in Kupwara, Baramulla, Banihal, Katra, Doda, Kishtwar and Jammu were few degree warmer than Srinagar.
However, people in Leh, Kargil and Dras, continued to shiver after the temperature dipped to -15 C to minus 20 c

Delhi had the coldest night of the season and the minimum was 2.6c, and Adampur at -3c and Amrisar at -2c (both in Punjab).

Mumbai dropped to 13.8c two days ago, and has been at around 15c for the last few days(Santa Cruz.)

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