The scenic hill station of Pachmarhi shivered in teeth-rattling temperatures on Monday as winter took a stranglehold of large parts of Madhya Pradesh.
Pachmarhi in Hoshangabad district recorded a minimum temperature of 2.9 degree Celsius while other places in northern and north eastern Madhya Pradesh experienced temperatures ranging from 4 degree Celsius and 5 degree Celsius.
The weatherman also warned of dense fog in northern Madhya Pradesh in the next 24 hours.
According to the MeT office at Gwalior, Morena, Bhind, Tikamgarh and Khajuraho will witness dense fog conditions.
However, Bhopal and Indore saw a rise in day temperature in the past few days due to clear skies. Bhopal recorded a maximum temperature of 25 degree Celsius and minimum temperature of 9 degree Celsius on Monday.
Meteorological department has predicted marginal fall in night temperature in next 24 to 48 hours in and around Indore.
However, the maximum temperature is likely to remain same. Indore recorded a maximum of 27.3 degrees Celsius which was one degree above the normal and a minimum temperature of 9.4 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal.
Temperatures also plunged across north and central India as icy winds from the Himalayas sent people scurrying indoors while dense fog and low visibility hit air and rail communication severely.
The affect was felt in Madhya Pradesh as well with flights and trains bound for Bhopal and Indore were delayed by several hours due to thick fog cover in northern and Central India.
In Uttar Pradesh, three persons were killed in fog-related incidents in the past 24 hours while in Delhi, the minimum temperature plunged to 4.2 degrees Celsius, the coldest December 22 in the national capital in the last five years and also the lowest this season.
Low visibility hit flight and train operations as a number of flights were delayed at the IGI airport.
(With agency inputs)