Temperatures in parts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan dropped to zero degrees whereas in Uttar Pradesh, temperature dropped to 2.6 deg C on Wednesday, Jan 5.
The Uttar Pradesh government spokesperson on Jan 5 announced, "In the wake of problems being faced by the students, specially small children in the state, the CM has ordered closure of all government and private schools upto intermediate till Jan 8."
The national Capital remained under the grip of a cold wave with the mercury dropping to 4.2 degree Celsius, three degrees below normal, early on Wednesday morning while the maximum was 13 degrees, eight degrees below normal.
The Delhi government on Jan 5 ordered closure of all schools in the capital till Jan 10.
The cold wave intensified further in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, as the minimum temperature across the state dipped several degrees further, with Leh town freezing at minus 23 deg Celsius.
(With inputs from PTI)