Bangalore, Jan 4: While winter means Christmas, chill and fun for most of the Indians, it is a deadly season for millions living in many parts of the world. Several countries are hit hard by the extreme cold weather. The cold storm which swept across United States of America on Friday killed at least 13 people. At least 1000 flights were cancelled in US after the cold storm hit the country.
The bad news is that weathermen have predicted colder air in the coming days.
More than 24 inches (61 centimeters) of snow fell in parts of Massachusetts town as a state of emergency was declared in New York and New Jersey. AFP reported that a 71-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimers disease froze to death after walking out into the cold and getting lost in northern New York state, authorities said.
On Friday, London saw a low of -20.8 C, breaking its previous record for January 3 of -19.5 C. Cities including Kitchener, Hamilton and North Bay also broke record lows.
The cold wave hit normal life in North Indian states like Punjab and Haryana, where school were closed on the new year day. Agra was the coldest place in Uttar Pradesh with a lowest minimum temperature of the season at 0.1 degree Celsius.Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius. Kargil recorded the season's coldest night so far as mercury plunged to minus 19.8 degrees Celsius on Thursday night.
Punjab and Haryana reeled under extreme chill.A thick blanket of fog threw normal life out of gear on Friday at many places in the region. Narnaul in Haryana recorded the lowest temperature with a minimum temperature of minus 0.5 deg. Freezing cold swept Amritsar, which recorded a below normal low of 1.6 degrees Celsius.
Emergency officials in US warned that anyone spending more than a few minutes outdoors in extreme cold conditions could suffer frostbite.
A view of snow covered Vaishno Devi Shrine after heavy snowfall on Trikut hills near Katra in Jammu on Friday.
A Frontier airplane waits for passengers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Another one to three inches of snow could fall across the Chicago metro area Thursday with even more falling in the southern part of the region
In New York
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shovels the sidewalk in front of his house in New York, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. New York City public schools were closed Friday after up to 7 inches of snow fell by morning in the first snowstorm of the winter - and the first test of new Mayor Bill de Blasio hours after he was sworn in
A group of endangered hanguls, or Kashmiri Stags, walk across a snow covered mountain in search of food inside the Dachigam National Park on Friday.
One worker was killed when a 100-foot pile of salt being prepared to treat roads in the Philadelphia region fell on him, media reports said.