Seven deaths were reported from across north India on Thursday even as the cold wave retained its grip on the region.
Three persons, including a beggar and a sadhu, were killed in the Jammu region by the extreme cold, which also claimed three pavement dwellers in Chandigarh and a person in Amritsar.
In the national capital, air travellers heaved a sigh of relief as flights operated on schedule after being disrupted for two consecutive days by dense fog.
The weather was relatively clear this morning as the fog that had gripped the city in the mornings abated.
The minimum temperature in Delhi rose slightly to 8.5 degrees Celsius, a degree above normal. The maximum on Wednesday was 20.8 degrees, three degrees below normal.
The cold wave abated in Haryana and parts of Punjab, providing respite to people from the low temperatures that had prevailed for the past week.
In the plains of Punjab and Haryana, Jalandhar recorded the coldest temperature of 1.6 degrees. The mercury was two degrees above normal in most parts of both states.
Several places, including Pathankot, Sirsa, Adampur and Gurdaspur, were engulfed by dense fog that cut visibility to zero.
Churu was the coldest place in Rajasthan at five degrees Celsius as the chilly weather continued unabated in most parts of the state despite temperatures rising by one to two degrees.
The Met office in Delhi said temperatures could dip further during the night due to cold winds blowing from the northwest, bringing with them the winter chill from the mountains.