Cold forces Delhi primary schools closure
Thursday, 31 January 2008


Thousands of tiny tots in Delhi, facing a tough time leaving for schools amid chill in the morning, will have some respite as the government-run primary schools will remain closed for three days from Wednesday (today), reports Hindustan Times.

'It is too cold and we have asked government primary schools to announce holiday for three days,' the Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit, said on the sideline of a function in New Delhi on Tuesday.

She said the private schools have also been 'advised to do so'.

The minimum temperature in the national capital on Tuesday climbed to 5.2 degrees bringing some respite to millions after a cold wave for over a week.

But weather officials said the mercury would drop again substantially in the coming days. 'The sudden fluctuation in weather is not uncommon. Tuesday is much warmer than the last few days but the temperature will drop substantially in a day or two,' said an official of the India Meteorological Department.

On Tuesday, Delhi recorded a minimum of 5.2 degrees Celsius (three degrees below normal), as against 2.3 degrees on Monday. Tuesday was the coldest Jan 29 for Delhi in five years.

In 2007, the minimum temperature was 12 degrees on January 29. 'The minimum temperature is likely to go down below two degrees soon,' the official told IANS. Residents in the capital said the cold was quite unbearable.

The current meteorological analysis suggests that prevailing cold wave conditions over parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, East Rajasthan,

Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand are likely to continue for the next three days, reports The Tribune.

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