Cold claims 15 lives in North

Fifteen more people succumbed to extreme cold in North India as minimum temperatures continued to plunge across the region.

In Delhi, the maximum temperature was recorded at 19 degrees Celsius, two degrees less than normal and the minimum was 6.3 degrees, one degree less than the usual.
Chilly winds swept large parts of Uttar Pradesh claiming 15 more lives.

Three people lost their lives in Mirzapur, Jhansi and Ballia each followed by two in Varanasi and one each in Sant Kabirnagar, Chandauli, Azamgarh and Baghpat.

Met office sources here said that maximum temperatures were below normal by 6 to 13 degrees Celsius in some parts of the state.

Night temperature fell in Moradabad, Bareilly and Meerut divisions. It was also below normal in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Faizabad, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Moradabad, Jhansi and Meerut divisions. The lowest minimum temperature in the state was 1.8 degreea C recorded at Muzaffarnagar.

Sources forecast that weather would be mainly dry in the state and fog would occur in most parts.

The Met office said that visibility would be 200 metres or less in parts of the state.
Cold wave swept across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh with minimum temperatures plummeting up to three notches below normal while fog and mist continued to wreak havoc on normal lives in most parts of the region.

Punjab, Haryana shiver

The minimum temperature hovered between six degrees celsius above normal and three notches below normal in most parts of Punjab and Haryana with icy cold winds blowing across the region, the Met office said. Besides this, early morning fog continued to throw normal life out of gear in the region with rail, road and air traffic being adversely affected causing inconvenience to commuters, officials said.

However, visibility improved at Chandigarh airport with possibility of resumption of certain flights from the city.

In the plains of Punjab and Haryana, Narnaul remained the coldest place with a low of three degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.

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