Cold conditions worsen in north India, toll mounts to 457
Intense cold wave swept parts of Punjab and Haryana affecting normal life as a thick blanket of fog engulfed the region affecting road, rail and air traffic.
In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a minimum of minus 0.8 degree Celsius, the Met office said.
Night temperature in Patiala was 5.5 deg C while in Ludhiana it was 6 deg C. Chandigarh had a low of 5.7 deg C.
In Haryana, Ambala recorded 4.9 deg C, down by two degrees while the minimum temperature at Rohtak was 6.2 deg C followed by Karnal at 7 deg C.
Cold conditions worsened in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir as mercury dipped due to clear skies.
Night temperature slipped to minus 2.6 deg C in Srinagar from minus 1.2 deg C yesterday. Both Pahalgam in south Kashmir and Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded the lowest night temperature in the valley at minus 4 deg C.
Jammu had a minimum of 5.2 deg C while Banihal was the coldest place in Jammu region at minus 1.9 deg C.
Leh recorded minus 12.4 deg C and Kargil minus 11 deg C. Churk in Mirzapur district was the coldest place in Uttar Pradesh with a minimum temperature of 3.2 deg C, followed by Varanasi at 5.2 deg C, Allahabad 6.2 deg C and Kanpur 7.1 deg C.