New Delhi: An increase in minimum temperatures across north India provided some relief to people in the region who had been reeling under a cold wave which has already claimed 135 lives so far.

Barring Leh town in frontier region of Ladakh, the night temperatures across the Kashmir Valley recorded an increase for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

Although the minimum temperature across the Valley and Ladakh region continued to remain below freezing point, the improvement in the mercury brought much needed relief to the people from the intense cold gripping the region.

The minimum temperature in summer capital Srinagar improved further and settled at minus 2.5 degrees Celsius as compared to minus 3.4 degrees Celsius the previous night, a spokesman of the MeT office said.

The city witnessed the season's coldest night earlier this week when mercury dipped to a low of minus 4.9 degrees Celsius.

However, the remote Leh district of Ladakh region witnessed a further dip as the mercury settled at minus 17 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesman said.

The Kargil town, also in mountainous Ladakh region, recorded a low of minus 14 deg C, he said.

The north Kashmir skiing resort of Gulmarg, the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius, an increase of one degree compared to the previous night.

In Uttar Pradesh, cold wave conditions abated with minimum temperatures registering an increase. Agra with a minimum of 3.9 degrees was the coldest in the state.

The met department said temperatures in Kanpur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Agra, Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Bareilly and Meerut divisions remained below normal while it was normal elsewhere in the state.

Weather would remain dry in all divisions of the state in the next 24 hours, it added.

Minimum temperatures across Punjab and Haryana also registered an increase with Chandigarh recording a low of 6.6 degree Celsius, a degree above normal.

Patiala in Punjab recorded a low of 7.9 degree Celsius, up two notches while the low at Ludhiana was 4.2 degree Celsius.

Amritsar, which had been reeling under intense cold during the past few days with minimum settling below the freezing point on Thursday, recorded a low of two degree Celsius.

Ambala in Haryana recorded a low of 6.8 degree Celsius, up one degree while Karnal registered a minimum of 5.4 degree Celsius.

The minimum at Hisar settled at 4.7 degree Celsius.

The MeT said that fog reduced visibility at many places in the region including Hisar, Karnal, Ludhiana and Amritsar early on Thursday.

Rajasthan, however, continued to reel under extreme cold with Churu remaining the coldest place with a minimum temperature of 2.6 degrees Celsius followed by Sriganganagar at 3.1 degrees Celsius.

Sawaimadhopur, Sikar, Pilani and Jaipur recorded a minimum of 3.2, 4.6, 5 and 6 degrees Celsius respectively, according to the MeT department here.

Jaisalmer had a low of 6.9 degree Celsius, while Kota had a minimum of 7.9 deg C.

Jodhpur and Barmer recorded a minimum of 10 and 11 degrees Celsius respectively.

(Agencies)