New Delhi, Jan 09: North India is reeling under severe cold wave. Delhi experienced severe cold conditions with the minimum temperature several degrees below normal for the last few days.
This was the second time in a week that the temperature dropped to low levels, Monday being the coldest for Delhi this season.
To give some respite to children from the severe cold, the Delhi Govt ordered all government schools to remain closed till Saturday. While private schools have been advised to remain closed in view of the severe cold.
Schools in the capital had reopened yesterday after the winter break, on a day when the temperature plummeted to 2.6 degree Celsius, the lowest in the season so far.
The minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 3.2 degree Celsius today.
In Uttar Pradesh, fog stalled road and rail traffic. Agra was the coldest place in the state at 6.4 degrees, followed by Allahabad at 7.2 degrees. People in most parts in Punjab and Haryana too reeled under the extreme cold. The minimum temperature touched zero degrees in Chandigarh, breaking a 35-year old record.
The weatherman says there is hope that temperatures would slightly increase from Tuesday.
One death was reported from Uttar Pradesh taking the toll in the state this winter to 41, while a man found unconscious beside a road in Jammu died later in hospital.
Water pipes froze and burst at many places in Pilani, Churu and Barmer due to the low temperatures. The cold wave continued unabated in Himachal Pradesh with temperatures remaining below freezing at many places, especially in Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts.