There was no respite from the bitter cold wave sweeping north India as the mercury remained below normal in most parts of the region on Saturday while two people succumbed to the freezing weather in Haryana’s Ambala city.

Dense fog crippled normal life in several parts of the region, affecting air, rail and road traffic.

Low visibility due to fog delayed 16 trains coming to Delhi from Bihar, Bengal, Assam, Odisha and other States running behind schedule by several hours.

An unidentified man was found dead at the railway station in the city on Friday while the body of woman in Ambala was found near a pond, officials said.

Delhiites woke up to a foggy morning with the minimum temperature settling at 6.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal.

The maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 18.5 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal.

In Kashmir Valley, the minimum temperature settled several degrees below freezing point.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius, same as of Friday night.

The minimum temperature in Pahalgam, in south Kashmir, settled at minus 7.7 degrees Celsius as compared to minus 7.8 degrees Celsius on Friday night.

Further dip

The MET Department has said the weather would remain mainly dry in the Valley over the next few days and there would be a further dip in the mercury.

Chilly winds swept the hills of Himachal Pradesh, where all natural sources of water were frozen for the past five weeks drastically reducing the discharge of water in snowfed Sutlej, Beas and Ravi rivers, causing sharp fall in hydropower generation.

Keylong and Kalpa in the twin tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur recorded minimum temperatures at minus 9.7 degree and minus 3.6 degree, while key tourist resort of Manali and Bhuntar recorded a low of minus 18 degree and minus 0.2 degree Celcius followed by 0.4 degrees at Sundernagar, 3.8 degrees at Nahan and 4.1 degrees at Shimla.

Minimum temperatures at high altitude tribal areas stayed between minus 13 and minus 24 degress Celcius. The day temperatures dropped by one to two degree across the State. — PTI