North India shivers as temperature dips due to heavy showers
New Delhi/Amritsar/Srinagar, Feb 5 : Wet spell in northern India brought back the chill on Tuesday, as temperatures plunged several notches below normal, forcing people to stay within the confines of their homes.
The nip in the air was quite palpable, after incessant rains and thunderstorms lashed New Delhi.
According to the meteorological department, Delhi is likely to be enveloped in a pall of fog, indicating chilly days ahead.
The temperatures are declining steadily; with maximum and minimum temperatures predicted for the day are 19 and 11 degrees respectively.
Several parts of the city were waterlogged, which lead to traffic snarls and dampened the spirits of office goers.
In Amritsar, there was no relief from cold wave, as the city braved a low of eight degrees Celsius, three notches above normal.
Locals, wrapped in woollens, sat around a bonfire to warm themselves. The icy cold winds coupled with a modest spell of rain, troubled locals, who stepped out of their houses
The Meteorological Department has forecasted a dip in minimum temperatures in the coming days, with possibility of thunderstorms in the next 24 hours.
"It was normal, but the chill is back again. It is windy and it is cold again," said Kulwinder Singh, a local.
In Srinagar , sub-zero temperatures partially froze the Dal Lake - known as the "Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir".
The world-renowned tourist spot wore a deserted look, as people chose to avert the icy winds and bone-chilling cold.
"We are walking past the Dal Lake. It is really cold. I had to go for practice, which is why I had to step out of my house. This area is deserted, since it is so cold," said Mohammad Azhar, a local.
Night temperatures declined in northern Lucknow city of Uttar Pradesh state, after intermittent rain drenched the city. People woke up to a cloudy sky in the morning.
Traffic crawled on the streets of the city and pedestrians were spotted holding umbrellas, as they made their way through the roads lined with traffic logjams.