Delhi stayed bundled up on Wednesday to fight the chill a day after the coldest day of season. The minimum temperature crept up just half a degree from 3.7 degrees Celsius on Tuesday to 4.2ºC and the maximum was 13ºC, eight below normal.
Thursday is expected to be cold as well, with the meteorological department (Met) predicting some fog.
The cold spell has forced the government to extend winter vacations till January 9 in all public schools that had either opened on Monday or were to open before that date. DPS Mathura Road has closed KG, nursery and class I till January 10, after opening on Monday.
Springdales was to open on Wednesday (January 5) and Sriram (Vasant Vihar) on Thursday but after the government order, vacations have been extended in both.
Delhi government schools are scheduled to open on the 10th of this month.
In Noida too, some schools, like The Shri Ram Millenium School, which were to reopen on Wednesday, have extended the winter break till January 10. The Uttar Pradesh government too has ordered the closure of schools (nursery to class VIII) till January 9.
The Haryana government has, meanwhile, ordered a longer break for all schools in the state till January 15.
According to the Met, slight increase in day temperatures is expected from Friday due to the effect of western disturbance.