New Delhi: Cold wave intensified in North India on Sunday claiming six more lives, all in Uttar Pradesh, as thick fog disrupted road and rail traffic at several places.
Six more people succumbed to the piercing cold in Uttar Pradesh since last evening pushing the state-wide death count to 26.
Fog hampered movement of road and rail traffic in several parts of the state where Meerut was the coldest place recording a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius.
Delhiites woke up to another cold day with the minimum temperature touching five degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.
The maximum in the national capital was recorded at 23 degrees, a notch above normal.
Cold wave intensified in Punjab and Haryana with minimum temperatures dipping up to five degrees at many places.
Hisar and Rohtak were coldest places in the region with mercury settling at 1.6 deg C each, five degrees below normal, Met office said.
As fog engulfed parts of the two states, visibility reduced to even less than 50-mt especially in Patiala, Ambala and Karnal.
Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 5.3 deg C, 2 notches below normal.
Karnal and Narnaul in Haryana settled at lows of 2.6 and 2.5 deg C, down by five and three notches respectively.
In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a minimum of 2 deg C, down by 2 notches, as Ludhiana and Patiala recorded lows of 3.2 deg C and 5 deg C respectively. Chill swept the Kashmir Valley with the skiing resort of Gulmarg recording a minimum of minus 7.4 degrees Celsius.
The tourist resort of Pahalgam reeled at minus 4.6 degrees celsius, the Met office said.
Water supply lines in Srinagar freezed as the minimum settled at minus 2.8 degrees celsius in the summer capital.
In the remote Leh district in Ladakh region, the mercury plunged to a low of minus 9.0 degrees celsius, an increase of five degrees compared to Saturday.
Rajasthan reeled under cold conditions with Churu recording a low of 1.8 degrees Celsius followed by Pilani (3.3 degrees).
In West Bengal, Kolkata woke up to a chilly and misty morning with mercury dipping to a low of 12.1 degrees C, two notches below normal.
Cold wave conditions persisted in Bihar where several trains were cancelled or rescheduled due to foggy conditions.
The state government has closed all government schools till December 25 in view of the cold, officials said.
Severe cold gripped Jharkhand with mercury plummeting to 1.8 degree Celsius in Kanke located on the outskirts of Ranchi.
The capital also experienced chilly night with the minimum temperature settling at 5.8 degree Celsius, Met officials said.