Cold wave persists in Delhi, MCD schools to be closed till Jan 13

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New Delhi, Jan 4 (UNI) There was no let up from the severe cold wave conditions in Delhi for the fifth consecutive day today even though the mercury rose slightly to 3 degree celsius.

The prevailing cold wave conditions led the Municipal corporation of Delhi to order closure of its primary schools till January 13.

It was another cold wintry morning for the Delhiites. Though the minimum temperature rose from two degrees Celsius of yesterday to three degrees Celsius today, it still remained four degrees below normal.

The maximum also remained two degrees below normal at 20.2 degrees Celsius.

Slight fog was also witnessed this morning. The visibility level, however, remained near normal at 500 m.

The cold wave conditions are likely to stay for another day or two with the weathermen forecasting a minimum temperature of four degrees Celsius tomorrow.

The Met office has forecast a mainly clear sky in the city during the next 24 hours with possibility of shallow fog in the morning.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Education Committee of the MCD Prithvi Raj Sawhney today announced that municipal primary schools shall remain closed from January 5 to January 13 keeping in view the extreme cold conditions.

''The decision has been taken to save children studying in municipal primary schools from catching any disease owing to severe cold,''he said.

MCD schools opened on January 1 after winter vacations.

''In the extreme cold they had to come to school in the early hours and there is acute danger of their catching diseases.

The guardians of the children were also demanding that during winter the schools remain closed for a few days. In view of this, it has now been decided that the municipal schools shall remain closed,''Mr Sawhney added.

Mr. Sawhney said in future vacations in municipal primary school will be re-scheduled keeping in view the change in climate.


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