New Delhi: Today Delhi witnessed the coldest day of the season so far with temperature falling to 7.6 degrees celsius.
This sudden dip in temperature has brought smile on the faces of those who have been, since the beginning of winter, complaining of less cold.
Several parts of hill states Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh have been in the grip of bitter cold with temperatures dipping below freezing point.
At minus 11 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg ski resort in north Kashmir was the coldest in the state on Saturday.
In the Jammu region, the minimum temperatures were 6.5 in Jammu city, 6.7 in Katra town, 2 in Batote and Bannihal and 0.5 degrees in Bhaderwah.
A day after it witnessed mild snowfall, Himachal Pradesh's popular tourist destination of Manali recorded the season's lowest temperature of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district, saw a minimum temperature of minus 1.1 degrees Celsius as it recorded 10 cm snow, while Kalpa in Kinnaur district, witnessed 11 cm snow and recorded a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius. Dharamshala recorded a maximum of 6.8 degrees.
State capital Shimla was cold at three degrees as it saw 35.4 mm rain in the past 24 hours.
Nearby destination Kufri and Narkanda recorded mild spells of snowfall on Friday.
After a foggy morning, the national capital experienced a cloudy Saturday and the chilliest day in last four years as winds across the city took the maximum temperature down to 15.7 degrees Celsius, seven notches below average, the met office said. The weather is expected to be similar on Sunday too.
In the plains of Punjab, Sikh holy city Amritsar recorded a minimum temperature of 4.4 degrees, making it the coldest place in the state. Industrial city Ludhiana recorded a low of 8.2 degrees.
Chandigarh experienced some sunshine on Saturday after being lashed by light showers on Friday. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 19.2 degrees, three degrees below normal.
Weather officials said that the "western disturbance" which was active over Jammu and Kashmir for the last three days, had weakened and weather across the state was likely to improve.