Northern India recorded its lowest temperature in 44 years this week.
The cold is causing deaths across the region.
Over 175 people have died in the latest cold spell.
The Hindu reported:
Plummeting mercury, coupled with thick fog cover, threw normal life out of gear in the entire North India on Monday, with 24 more people succumbing to the cold wave in various parts of the region.
While 20 more persons died in Uttar Pradesh, four persons lost their lives in Uttarakhand, officials said.
Delhi continued to shiver as mercury was below normal in the city by five notches to settle at 2.4 degrees, even as it rose from yesterday’s 1.9 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature too dipped to seven degrees below normal to settle at 13.4 degrees Celsius.
Met department forecasts a clear sky for Tuesday with fog in the morning.
UP death toll rises
In Uttar Pradesh, six people lost their lives in Ghazipur, three each in Azamgarh and Barabanki, two each in Fatehpur, Sultanpur and Chandauli and one each in Jaunpur and Siddhartnagar districts. With this, the death toll in the state this winter has risen to 175.
Muzaffarnagar which shivered at minus 0.7 degrees Celsius, continued to be the coldest place in the state.
Agra recorded 0.6 degrees Celsius, Najibabad (Bijnor) 1.0, Lucknow and Aligarh 1.4 each and Kheri 1.6 degrees Celsius, the Met department said.
The entire state was in the grip of biting cold as maximum temperatures too remained below normal by seven to 15 notches in most parts.
The latest temperature data shows that the planet has not warmed in the past 15 years and is likely heading to a mini ice age.