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North India feels the chill as mercury plummets

Last updated on: January 2, 2013 11:24 IST

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People across north India continue to face the wrath of the dipping mercury as the cold wave further intensified in several parts.

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Air and rail traffic to Delhi on Wednesday continued to be affected by heavy early morning fog with around 35 trains either delayed or cancelled. 

Dense fog enveloped Delhi in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, partially disrupting the schedule of over 30 flights.

The Met Department predicted that the conditions are likely to worsen in the days to come with the minimum temperature predicted to dip further to 2 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Mercury dipped to 4 degree Celsius in Delhi on Tuesday, making it the coldest day.

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Image: A man rides his mini bike amid dense fog on a cold winter morning in Chandigarh
Photographs: Ajay Verma/Reuters

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In Uttar Pradesh, cold wave has claimed two more lives in the last 24 hours.

The toll in the state during this season has gone up to 97.

The day's maximum temperature remained 2 to 10 degrees below normal in most parts of the state.

In the plains of Punjab and Haryana, Narnaul braved the lowest temperature with a minimum of 1.9 degree Celsius.

Churu in Rajasthan also recorded a minimum temperature of 1.9 degree Celsius, 2 degrees below normal.

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Image: Vendors covered in blankets sit in the back of a supply truck after buying vegetables from a market on a cold winter morning
Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

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An unabated cold wave also swept through Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, leaving residents distressed and forcing them to stay within the confines of their houses.

A common sight was of people sitting around bonfires, wearing woollens to warm themselves.

Mahender Singh, a resident, said that the dipping mercury results in freezing of water particularly in mornings and evenings. 

"It is extremely cold and the skies are clear at night, Due to snowfall, there is extreme cold here. It is difficult to step out of our houses and places at high altitudes are even worse, as water taps have also frozen," he said.

The cold wave turned to be a boon for roadside tea vendors, as people were seen sipping hot ginger tea to fight the chill.

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Image: A man exercises as the sun rises amid dense fog on a cold winter morning
Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

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