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North India, already shaking from low temperatures, sees rain


Parts of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi received rain in the early hours of Saturday as northern India continued to battle chilling temperatures. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday that light to moderate rains will occur along with thunderstorms in the northern region for the next few hours.

“A rainstorm would occur over the adjacent areas of Rewari, Bhiwadi, Manesar, Gurugram, Farukhnagar, Sonipat, Gannaur, Deeg, Mathura, Hathras, Bharatpur, Hansi, Tosham, Jind, Safodon, Panipat, Karnal, Shamli, Kaithal, Narwana, Narnaul and isolated places in the south, southwest of Delhi for the next 2 hours, ”the meteorological office said on its Twitter account.

IMD noted that dense to very dense fog was observed in isolated foci over Punjab, Haryana and West Uttar Pradesh and that dense fog was observed in isolated foci over northwestern Rajasthan, northwestern Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. “Recorded visibility (during 5:30 PM IST yesterday to 5:30 AM IST today) (200 meters or less): Amritsar, Bareilly, Patiala and Ambala-25 each; Gaya and Karnal-50 each; Ganganagar, Hissar, Aligarh and Gwalior-200 each, ”he added.

The national capital of Delhi, which recorded the lowest temperature of the season of 1.1 ° C on New Years, also saw very dense fog in Palam with zero visibility until 7am on Saturday, after which it improved to about 150 meters.

Several areas in the Northwest Plains recorded low temperatures below zero or close to 0 ° C on Friday New Year’s Day. Hisar of Haryana recorded a minimum temperature of 1.2 degrees Celsius on Friday, the coldest in 47 years. Other cities in the state such as Narnaul (0.2 ° C) Sirsa (2 ° C) and Rohtak (2 ° C) also saw a drop in their minimum temperature. In Punjab, Faridkot recorded a low temperature of 0.2 degrees Celsius, Bathinda 1.2 degrees and Amritsar 2.2 degrees on Friday.

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Delhi’s Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the capital, said Friday’s low temperature was the lowest in 15 years. On January 8, 2006, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 0.2 degrees Celsius and the lowest temperature of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius was recorded in January 1935.

(With contributions from the agency)

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