Twenty-nine people succumbed to the intense cold wave in North India on Tuesday as temperatures dropped to sub-zero levels at many places in the region.

Delhiites froze under chilly winds and the biting cold with the minimum temperature plunging to 3.3 degrees Celsius. Though Tuesday’s minimum was up by almost a degree from the previous day, icy winds forced many people to stay indoors during morning hours. Tuesday’s minimum was four degrees below normal level at this time of the season, said the weatherman. The maximum temperature was 15.5.

The entire North India continued to remain in the grip of severe cold wave on Sunday, with 23 more people succumbing to the chill in various parts of the region.

Delhi shivered at season’s lowest of minimum 1.9 degrees, five notches below normal, while the maximum temperature plummeted by 9 degrees below normal to settle at 11.8 degrees.

The entire North India reeled under an intense cold wave on Wednesday as a drop in the mercury level claimed 15 more lives in Uttar Pradesh, with a thick fog cover throwing normal life out of gear at many places in the region.

Delhi witnessed its coldest day of January in the past 44 years with the maximum temperature falling sharply by 11 notches to stand at 9.8 degrees Celsius.

Four persons died due to extreme cold in North India where temperatures plummeted and fog disrupted normal life.

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