Coldest day in Kolkata, season's 2nd chilliest morning in Delhi

Icy winds claimed seven more lives in Uttar Pradesh, taking the statewide toll to 113 this winter, while one death due to chill was reported from Punjab, where cold wave killed 11 people till now this season.

Temperature dipped to 9.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, for the first time in seven years in the 'City of Joy' as cold wave tightened its grip in West Bengal.
Mercury had plummeted to 9.3 deg C on January 22, 2003 in the metropolis.

Darjeeling at minimum -1 deg C was the coldest in the region. Elsewhere, Malda recorded a minimum of 4.6 deg C, followed by Nadia 5.1 deg C and Burdwan 5.5 deg C.

Though Delhiites woke up to the second coldest morning of the season with the minimum temperature dropping to 3.9 deg C, a bright sunshine later in the day brought warmth and eased out a shallow fog.

The lowest temperature had dropped to 3.7 deg C on January 4, the season's lowest so far, in Delhi.

The maximum temperature for the day was recorded at 21.3 deg C, which is normal for this time of the the season, and three degrees above yesterday's high of 19.2 deg C.
Flight operations at the IGI airport remained normal for the third consecutive day despite a drop in the visibility due to moderate fog.

While two persons each died in Uttar Pradesh's Fathepur and Pratapgarh, one death each was reported from Bahraich, Sitapur and Barabanki.

The state capital Lucknow at 0.8 deg C was the coldest in the state. Varanasi recorded a low of 2.2 deg C, while Kanpur shivered at 1.9 deg C and it was 3.6 deg C in Allahabad.
Intense chill prevailed in Bihar with Gaya recording the lowest minimum 3.1 deg C in the state.

Patna recorded a minimum of 3.7 deg C, while it was 4.3 deg C in Purnia.Cold conditions aggravated in the state and neighbouring Haryana where dense fog threw train traffic out of gear.An unidentified man died at Lalru in Punjab.

A thick blanket of fog reduced visibility to just a few metres in most parts of the region following which several trains were running late.Amritsar in Punjab was the coldest in the state with a low of 1.6 deg C, while Ludhiana braved minimum 1.9 deg C.

Hisar in Haryana settled at a low  of 2.8 deg C, while Patiala shivered at 3.3 deg Celsius.
The minimum temperature at Chandigarh was 3.7 deg C.

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