New Delhi: Cold wave and dense fog disrupted normal life across India with plummeting temperatures and low visibility, forcing the people to stay within the confines of their houses. The national capital continued to be in the grip of an intense cold wave with minimum temperature dropping to 2.7 degrees Celsius on Friday.
Friday proved to be the coldest January morning for Delhi in last five years as mercury dropped to 2.7 degrees Celsius, 4 degrees below normal.
The fog in the early morning hours affected road, rail and air traffic in the national capital, affecting schedules of around 50 flights.
The maximum temperature on Thursday also rose to 12.7 degree Celsius, which is eight degrees below normal and the minimum was recorded at 4.4 degree Celsius that is three degrees below normal.
The Delhi Government has ordered all schools under it to remain closed until January 12.
The biting cold and icy winds have aggravated the agony of several homeless people, who are living on the streets and warmed themselves by sitting around the bonfire.
Traffic was snarling on the roads due to poor visibility in wake of the dense fog, which had enveloped New Delhi.
Indian met department has predicted improvement in visibility as dense fog engulfed many regions across India.
The scientist and in-charge of the regional weather observatory in Delhi, M Duraisamy said that the weather condition has improved in the coming days.
Duraisamy also said that dense fog condition would disrupt air and rail services.
"During morning hours, fog will occur and then after 9'o clock, 10'o clock it will be lifted. This foggy condition will occur over parts of northwest India in the coming days. But this fog condition will not create any problem for public. Only air traffic problem will be there and some problem might occur in train services also. In general there is no problem for public," he added.
In Uttar Pradesh, cold wave has claimed 15 more lives. The death toll in the state during this season has gone up to 107.
An unabated cold wave swept through the Kashmir valley with further decline in night temperature in Srinagar.
Jammu region is facing bone-chilling cold coupled with foggy conditions.
The mercury fell overnight in Himachal Pradesh, but it registered an upswing in the day temperature. Clear sunshine gave little respite from extreme cold to people in the state.