India shivers as winter chill continues



India shivers as winter chill continues Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Cold wave continues to spread havoc across the length and breadth of the country, with extreme weather conditions sweeping plains of north India and the southern region experiencing the coldest month in over 100 years.

Reports, Wednesday, claimed that zero visibility due to dense fog caused by extremely cold weather has affected normal life and led to cancellation and delay of several flight operations and movement of trains at several places.

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A thick fog enveloped the national capital this morning, which delayed as many as eight flights including three flights of Jet Airways and two each of Go Air and Air India.

On Tuesday, the maximum temperature plummeted to 14 degree Celsius, making it the coldest day of this winter. Icy winds blew across the city and overnight rains added to the chill in the morning hours. Tuesday's maximum was six degree Celsius below normal and down from the previous day's 20.3 degrees while the minimum temperature was at 9.3 degree Celsius, two degrees above normal but down from Monday's 10.5 degrees.

On January 6, the maximum had dropped to 16.9 degree Celsius, the lowest maximum this season till then.

Harsh weather continues to spread havoc in the Jammu & Kashmir with heavy snowfall forcing the authorities to close the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. The Jammu-Srinagar NH is likely to reopen today following an assurance from the Border Roads Organisation that is clearing the stretch.

Heavy snowfall has left the other parts of the Valley totally cut off from the outside world. The temperature fell to 0.2 in Srinagar and 1.4 degrees in Qazigund.

In south India, an unprecedented cold weather has claimed the lives of at least seven people in Andhra Pradesh.

Karnataka yesterday experienced its coldest day in the past 100 years. The minimum temperature in Belgaum was recorded at 7.2 degrees, while it was at 12 degrees in Bangalore.

Meanwhile, weather officials have claimed the cold wave conditions in southern region and other parts of country would continue for the next 24 hours.

They attributed the phenomenon to easterly waves sweeping across central India.

Children and the aged were worst hit while the cold winds were also causing serious problems among people suffering from asthma.

With Agency Inputs