Cold Wave In India Sees Record Dip In Temperatures

29/12/2014 9:35 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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Indian rickshaw pullers warm themselves beside a fire on a pavement in Jalpaiguri on December 28, 2014. Many parts of northern India are experiencing dense foggy cold days with the resulting low visibility affecting road, rail and air traffic. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI: The cold wave in north India as Gurgaon almost touched freezing point on Sunday with the minimum temperature dropping to 0.4 degrees Celsius. Delhi recorded its second lowest December temperature in at least 15 years at 2.6 degrees.

"This is the lowest temperature recorded in Delhi in past five years. It could be the lowest in past decade too but records for the same aren't immediately available," said a MeT official.

Meanwhile massive delays were recorded in Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi, which was virtually shut down for almost five hours on Sunday morning due to zero visibility caused by dense fog. At least 96 flights—the highest in the season—were reportedly affected while six flights were cancelled, 73 were delayed and 17 diverted to other cities.

Three homeless people were found dead in the capital on Monday, and officials said that the cause of death was likely due to hypothermia.

(with agency inputs)

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