Cold weather conditions continued to prevail across Madhya Pradesh for the third consecutive day Thursday with the mercury plunging below normal level in several partsof the state.
With fresh snowfall in north India, the Malwa-Nimad region of the state continued to shiver as icy north-east winds pushed temperatures below normal level, said Metrological department (MeT) sources.
The continuing cold weather conditions restricted residents indoors late Thursday evening.
Indore recorded a maximum temperature of 22.4 degrees Celsius, which was 5 notches below normal, the day and night temperatures rose by a degree but they stayed below normal by three to five degrees.
The mercury rose by more than a notch Thursday to settle at 6.8 degrees Celsius as compared to the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, when it was 5 degree Celsius, a MeT official said, adding that similar weather conditions will prevails for the next few days.
Neighbouring Khargone city recorded a minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius on intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday's maximum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius. Frosty north-west winds throughout the day forced residents to avoid venturing out.
Bhopal, too, continued to reel under a cold wave like condition with night temperature showing a marginal increase The state capital recorded a minimum temperature of 7.2 degree Celsius while maximum temperature hovered around 21.3 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature on Wednesday had dipped to 6.5 degree Celsius, while maximum temperature was recorded 19.4 degrees Celsius.
Dense fog in Indore and Delhi delayed the arrival and departure of the Delhi-Indore-Delhi morning flight of Jet Airways by over an hour on Thursday. The departure of the return flight was also delayed by one and a half hours, airlines officials said.
Bad weather also delayed the Mumbai-Indore-Mumbai morning flight of Jet Airways by more than an hour and a half, sources at the Indore airport said. The Mumbai-Indore-Delhi flight of Air India was also delayed by more than two hours, sources added.