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Western disturbance leads to rise in min in J-K, Raj, Delhi

NEW DELHI: A fresh western disturbance led to a rise in the minimum temperature in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and the national capital though there was no let-up in the intense cold elsewhere.

The weatherman has warned of rain or snow in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, which were reeling in the grip of intense cold, due to a western disturbance.

The chill kept up its intensity in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. 26 trains were delayed and six rescheduled due to fog in the morning. Flight operations though continued uninterrupted.

The onset of a western disturbance took the minimum temperature in the national capital a notch above the season’s average at 8.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature upped by four notches to settle at 24 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Kupwara and many areas in higher reaches of Kashmir witnessed a fresh bout of snow though intense cold abated due to an overcast sky.

The forecast of more precipitation in the next three days has prompted authorities to put in place a mechanism to respond quickly to any exigency arising out of it.

Leh town in Ladakh region was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir at minus 13.7, while Srinagar had a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius.

Kargil town gauged a minimum of minus 10, Gulmarg 10.5, Pahalgam minus 4.6, Kokernag minus 4.7, Kupwara town 2.8 and Qazigund 4.6 degrees Celsius.

Himachal Pradesh, which has been facing a piercing cold wave, saw a slight rise in the minimum temperature. (AGENCIES)

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