New Delhi (NVI): Although spring season is slowly knocking on the door, cold wave still continues to reign across several parts of north India, keeping people indoors.
Apart from the snow-clad regions of Jammu Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, there are at least ten places in north India plains where the temperature was recorded below 8 degrees celsius.
The coldest among them is Amritsar in Punjab where minimum temperature was recorded at 2.3 degrees celsius, according to SkymetWeather.
It was followed by Churu in Rajasthan, known for its bone-rattling cold, which recorded a minimum temperature of 3.7 degrees celsius.
Apart from this, Karnal and Narnaul in Haryana recorded 4.0 degrees Celsius each. Hisar also shivered at 4.7degrees celsius. Rohtak witnessed a minimum temperature of 5.0 degrees celsius.
Sriganganagar in Rajasthan saw a minimum temperature of 5.0 degrees celsius.
In UP’s Fursatganj, the mercury settled at 5.4 degrees celsius.
Punjab’s Ludhiana and Patiala recorded a minimum temperature of 5.6 degrees and 6.0 degrees respectively, as per Skymet weather.
The cold Himalayan winds which sweep across most of north India have maintained the chill in many plain areas in these states, even as February marks the start of spring.
Meanwhile, national capital region Delhi and NCR region also shiver due to the cold wave as the minimum temperature dropped to 6.3 degrees from 6.5 degrees Celsius recorded yesterday.
The maximum temperature today is expected to be around 22.0 degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Some parts of north India like Punjab and Haryana also witnessed Dense fog in isolated parts.
The IMD has also predicted that due to confluence between easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal and westerly winds at lower tropospheric levels, scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is expected over East India and over central India from February 6 to 8.
The weatherman has forecast that there is no significant change in minimum and maximum temperatures over the country during the next two to three days.
“The shallow to moderate fog is expected likely over northeast India,” it added.
The overall air quality in the national capital today is in “poor” category.
According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital stood at 249 which falls in the ”poor” category.