In the state capital, the cold snap has claimed its first victim.
On Monday night, when the minimum temperature dipped to around 8 degrees Celsius in Bhopal, a 60-year-old destitute was found dead on the pavement where he was sleeping rough.
His body was found in Jahangirabad near Lal Parade Ground. Police haven’t yet confirmed the cause of death and are waiting for the post-mortem report.
Since Sunday, the minimum temperature had plummeted by 8 degrees and maximum by 5 degrees in the city. The minimum temperature in Bhopal was 16.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday, and it hit 7.6 degrees on Tuesday.
The downward swing in temperature has worsened the plight of the homeless in the city, many of whom were found warming themselves at bonfires on the roadsides.
Cold spell hit other parts of the state, too, on Tuesday night. The lowest temperature recorded in the state was at Khajuraho and Hoshangabad — 6 degrees Celsius. And it rained in some parts of Jabalpur.
Dense fog enveloped northern parts of Madhya Pradesh, mainly Gwalior, Chambal, Ujjain, Sagar and Rewa, reducing visibility to less than 200 metres. The meteorological office has warned of cold wave in some places in the northern parts of the state.
The night temperature dropped by 3.2 degrees Celsius in Ujjain.
Fog delays Jet, Air India flights in Indore
Dense fog in Indore delayed the arrival and departure of Delhi-Indore-Delhi morning flight of Jet Airways by two hours on Tuesday. The flight, which was scheduled to arrive at 7.45am, arrived at 10am. The departure of the flight was also delayed by nearly two hours. The flight, which was scheduled to depart on its return journey to Delhi at 8.25am, departed at 10.30am.
Bad weather also delayed Mumbai-Indore-Delhi morning flight of Air India. The flight, which was scheduled to arrive at 7.15am, arrived at 9.30am, a delay of over two hours. The flight, which departs for Delhi at 7.50am, departed at 10.15am. The other airline, SpiceJet, which operates Indore-Delhi flight has suspended its operations.