New Delhi: At least 23 people lost their lives due to cold wave in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand even as temperature in parts of North India soared, a trend that weatherman said will persist.

People in the national capital on Thursday woke up to a pleasant morning as the minimum temperature rose more than a degree from Wednesday to settle at 5.8 degrees Celsius.

Delhi has been witnessing cold wave conditions for the past one week with both minimum and maximum remaining five degrees below normal, but there has been a welcome respite since Wednesday.

"The temperature will rise in the coming days," the Met said. However, in the plains of Uttar Pradesh, the biting cold wave conditions snuffed out 16 more lives during the last 24 hours as death toll due to the harsh weather touched 249 this winter.

Five persons died in Gorakhpur district which was the coldest place in the state on Wednesday, followed by four each in Farrukhabad and Barabanki, two in Sant Kabirnagar and one in Bijnore.

Met office said that Lucknow along with Najibabad in Bijnore were coldest in the state recording 0.5 (-6) degrees Celsius followed by Kheri with 1 degree Celsius, Sultanpur 1.2 (-7) degree Celsius and Gorakhpur 1.8 (-7) degree Celsius.

"The rising temperature at most places shows that the downtrend has finally come to an end," a MeT official said adding it was a pointer towards more pleasant days ahead.


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