New Delhi : A bright sun broke through the cold winter chill in Punjab, Haryana and the national capital Monday, providing relief after many days, but intense cold continued to affect life in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh with sub-zero temperatures recorded in most places.
In Jammu and Kashmir, Leh recorded the lowest temperature of the season Monday at minus 22.2 degrees Celsius while the cold wave continued unabated in Kashmir Valley.
Himachal Pradesh witnessed a sunny but cold day Monday with temperatures staying below freezing point in many areas.
Keylong, the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, was the coldest in the state at a minimum temperature of minus 12.4 degrees Celsius.
Day temperatures rose across Punjab and Haryana Monday after many days as most areas in both states experienced a bright and sunny day.
Amritsar in Punjab recorded a high of 17.4 degrees Celsius, though the minimum was 2.6 degrees.
Narnaul town in Haryana remained the coldest in the region with the minimum temperature here being 0.5 degrees, four degrees below normal.
Chandigarh recorded a temperature of nearly 20 degrees at 11.30 a.m. Monday compared to the maximum of 13.8 degrees Sunday, which was six degrees below what is normal for this time of the season.
After braving a series of foggy and chilly days, Delhi got its share of bright and sunny weather Monday morning with the met department forecasting a clear day ahead.
The minimum temperature settled at 5.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below the average for the season. Maximum and minimum humidity stood at 94 and 47 percent, respectively.
In Uttar Pradesh, after 0.4 degrees Saturday night and 1.4 degrees Sunday night, the minimum temperature in Agra rose to 6 degrees celsius Monday, giving immense relief to people in the Taj Mahal town.