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Cold claims 3 lives in UP as chill continues in north

New Delhi: Cold weather conditions showed little sign of abating in northern India yesterday where three persons died in Uttar Pradesh as rainfall lashed the plains to further add to the winter chill.Although Delhi saw
PTI January 20, 2014 9:03 IST
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New Delhi: Cold weather conditions showed little sign of abating in northern India yesterday where three persons died in Uttar Pradesh as rainfall lashed the plains to further add to the winter chill.

Although Delhi saw conditions improving slightly, the neighbouring states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh experienced a worsening of the weather under overcast skies and a spell of rain.

The maximum in the national capital, which had dipped substantially below the normal in the past few days, was at 21 degrees Celsius today while the minimum was recorded at 8.6 degrees.

The maximum and minimum both were one notch above normal.

Light to moderate rainfall and thundershowers occurred at a few places in eastern and western Uttar Pradesh as the cold wave refused to ease in the state.

The bleak weather in the state brought tragedy to Barabanki district where two persons, including a woman, reportedly succumbed in the cold.

A third victim, a 55-year-old man, was killed in the district when the wall of a mud house collapsed in the rain, sources said.  Najibabad received 50mm rainfall while also recording the lowest temperature in the state at 7 degrees.  

Further north, although it was a bright, sunny morning in Kashmir Valley, there was no respite from cold as the mercury stayed below freezing point.

Srinagar recorded a low of -3.6 degrees as against -3.5 degrees the previous night while the Pahalgam hill resort saw the minimum settle at -9.7 degrees.

The mercury had been recorded at -9 degrees there the night before.

The mercury in Ladakh's Leh dipped by almost three degrees to settle at a low of -11.2 degrees as compared to -8.5 degrees day before yesterday.

The nearby Kargil town was the coldest recorded place in the state at a low of -18.2 degrees, down over five notches from the previous night's -12.8 degrees.