Patna: The severe cold wave condition continued in Bihar Tuesday as the minimum temperature nosedived across the state with Gaya town being the coldest place.
The minimum temperature throughout the state dipped further with Gaya town recording a minimum temperature of 3.9 degree celsius to become the coldest place in Bihar, the meteorological office said.
The north-westerly winds continued to sweep the state to intensify the chilly weather conditions, it said.
The Bihar government on Sunday had already ordered the closure of all government and private schools in the state till January 14 due to the severe cold wave condition prevailing in the state.
The minimum temperature in the state capital Patna was at 5.5 degree celsius as against 8.5 degree celsius yesterday, it said.
Purnia recorded a minimum temperature at 5.9 degree celsius which was marginally lower than 6.3 degree Celsius yesterday, while Bhagalpur recorded a slight increase in minimum temperature at 7.2 degree celsius as against 6.8 degree celsius yesterday, the Met office said.
The chilly weather condition was likely to persist for the next 48 hours to 72 hours, it said.
Meanwhile, the state government has arranged for bonfire at public places throughout the state to enable the poor people to keep themselves warm, official sources said.