NEW DELHI – The northern part of India remained in the grip of cold weather on Wednesday as the minimum temperatures dipped near freezing point in different parts in the region, although mercury was expected to dip further in the next few days.
Punjab was among the most severely affected regions in the northern plains, with “ground frost conditions” prevailing in different parts of the state, according to India Meteorological Department.
Maximum temperatures recorded on Tuesday were three degrees Celsius below normal at several places in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, according to IMD.
Amritsar in Punjab has even experienced temperatures plummet to near one degree Celsius recently and homeless could even be seen on the streets draped in thick blankets, according to an epa-efe journalist.
Tourists took advantage of the weather conditions and charted their way to the scenic hill stations to enjoy the snow up north, something rare for people in most parts of the country of the mostly tropical climate.
Tourist hotspots nestled in the Himalayas such as Manali and Dalhousie, among others, in Himachal Pradesh received considerable amount of snow and attracted a large number of visitors, an epa-efe journalist reported.
IMD predicted that the cold weather was likely to continue over the next few days owing to a western disturbance, resulting in widespread snow in mountainous Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, and isolated to scattered rainfall in the plains of northwest India.
Northern India experiences extreme climatic conditions with scorching summers and chilly winters.