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Cold Wave Grips North India, Delhi Freezes at 3.4 Degrees

New Delhi: With temperatures dipping at most places as icy winds swept the plains following heavy snowfall in the hill states over the past five days, cold wave conditions intensified over north India on Thursday.

It was a foggy Thursday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 3.4 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season’s average.

“It will be a partly cloudy day with light fog through out,” said an official from the India Meteorological Department(IMD).

The maximum temperature of the day was likely to hover around 17 degrees celsius.

Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 100 per cent with the visibility recorded upto 800 metres.

Following heavy snowfall in many regions, an intense cold wave in Uttarakhand have forced people to stay indoors as the mercury plummeted below average in most places.

Uttarakhand: People light fire in Haldwani as cold wave intensifies. pic.twitter.com/xWBVwyj9s3

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According to the regional Met office, the temperature at Munsiari, Nainital, Mussourie and Haridwar has gone below zero degree Celsius.

The temperature in the state capital Dehradun, for the first time in the season touched 2.9 degrees Celsius.

The weatherman has predicted that the condition would continue to be the same for the next one week.

Heavy snowfall was reported over the past one week in Badrinath, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Yamunotri, Rudraprayag, Tihri, Pauri and Chamoli.

Owing to the snowfall, eleven roads including the Dharasu-Badkot and Gangotri highways have been closed for traffic.

Temperature in Mussourie was recorded at 0.5 degrees celsius, Nainital (-1.5), Haridwar (-0.1), Pithoragarh (1.2), Roorkie (3.2) and Rishikesh (4.0).

26 trains delayed (arriving late in Delhi area), 8 rescheduled and seven cancelled due to fog and other operational reasons. pic.twitter.com/hTJWcfbiow

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A total of 26 trains were running late due to the dense fog in adjoining areas of Delhi and other parts of Northern India.

“Eight trains had to be reschedule while seven trains have been cancelled due to the fog,” said an official statement.