Doon valley shivers as temperature falls below 3 degrees
The onslaught of the extremely cold conditions in Northern India showed no signs of letting up with mercury plummeting several degrees below normal in most places. Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand recorded a three year low of 2.9 degree celcius on January 11.
Officials from meteorological department said that no immediate relief is expected as the temperatures will continue to remain low in hills and plains of Uttarakhand for the next few days.
It was also the lowest minimum temperature in the month of January in the last three years. Earlier, the state capital witnessed a low of minus 0.5 degrees Celsius on January 8, 2013.
Meanwhile, Mukteshwar, in Nainital district, was the coldest place in the state recording a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius. Met officials said that ground frost is likely to occur at a few places in the state on Thursday and Friday.
“Dehradun witnessed its lowest temperature of the season on Wednesday morning. Minimum temperatures remained below normal to appreciably below normal in both plains and hills of Uttarakhand. Similar conditions are likely to prevail for next few days,” said director of meteorological centre Bikram Singh.
Other parts of Uttarakhand also witnessed similar weather conditions as the mercury dipped below normal. In Pantnagar, the minimum temperature was recorded at 1.2 degrees Celsius, while Mukteshwar remained the coldest place in the state with mercury going down to -2.2 degree Celsius. Even Tehri witnessed a cold morning with temperature settling at -1.2 degrees.