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Cold wave hits northern India, 4 dead

COLD wave conditions continued to grip northern India, including the capital New Delhi, where at least four people have died of cold over the past two days, said officials Saturday.

Besides Delhi, the northern states of Punjab and Haryana's day temperatures fell several notches below normal level from Friday night to Saturday morning as a thick blanket of fog threw normal life out of gear in the area.

While the minimum temperatures have been hovering just near the normal level at most places in the two states, the maximum temperatures have plummeted up to 10 notches below normal level, said meteorological officials.

A thick blanket of fog engulfed most places in both the states, affecting normal life while traffics were also thrown into chaos on some highways due to thick fog.

Schools are expected to re-open on Monday in Delhi after a week- long winter vacation.

On Friday, Delhi experienced another cold and foggy day with the maximum temperature recorded at 16.3 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal. Visibility fell to 100 meters at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the night from Friday to Saturday morning.

Meteorological officials also said that temporary relief was expected on Sunday but that the fog would be back within a day.


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