Bitter cold shows no mercy, schools shut till 12 January

In view of the intense cold wave conditions in the city, Delhi Government today ordered all schools under it to remain closed until 12 January.

Education Minister Kiran Walia said all schools run by Delhi Government, municipal corporations, Delhi Cantonment Board, and recognised aided and unaided schools have been instructed to follow the order. The order has been issued by the Directorate of Education on the directive of the Education Minister.

Asking the schools to strictly comply with the order, the government cautioned that its non-compliance will be ‘viewed seriously’.

In effect, the schools will reopen on 14 January as 13 January is a Sunday.

‘We have sent the directive to the all the schools. They will have to comply with the order,’ said an official.

There are about 4,500 schools in Delhi which are under Delhi Government, municipal corporations and Delhi Cantonment Board. Nearly 2,600 schools are government schools while rest are unaided private.

The national capital continued to be in the grip of an intense cold wave with the day temperature remaining well below normal. The maximum temperature had plummeted to 9.8 degree Celsius yesterday, the lowest in 44 years.

The maximum temperature on Thursday rose to 12.7 degree Celsius which is eight degrees below normal. The minimum was recorded at 4.4 degree Celsius which is three degrees below normal.

Meanwhile, the chilly morning in the capital,  along with a light blanket of fog enveloping the city, affected flights and train services. The Met Office has forecast a clear, sunny day in store.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the visibility at 8.30 am was 500 metres.

As a result, 21 trains were running behind schedule while two had been cancelled, a statement by the Northern Railway said.

In addition, a total of six flights were delayed due to the fog, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said in a statement.

Delhiites continued to shiver as a bone chilling cold settled over the city and the minimum temperature settled three notches below average at 4.4 degrees Celsius Thursday, the morning after the national capital recorded the coldest day in 44 years.

The Met has forecast a clear, sunny afternoon. However, the evening will be chilly accompanied by icy winds. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around the 13 degrees Celsius mark.

Wednesday’s maximum temperature settled at 9.8 degrees Celsius, 11 notches below the average for the season, while the minimum was 4.8 degrees Celsius–two notches below average.
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