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Tuesday bit warmer at 3.2? C

The Met office expects the minimum temperature in Delhi to climb to 5 degrees Celcius on Wednesday.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 16:18 IST

It was another cold and chilly morning on Tuesday with a minimum temperature of 3.2 degrees Celsius, a trifle warmer than the day before but still four degrees below normal.

The weather office held out some hope, however. "In comparison to Monday, the mercury climbed half a point this morning to 3.2 degrees. We expect the temperature to touch the 5 degrees mark by tomorrow morning," said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

He said fresh western disturbances over the Himalayas were expected from Wednesday that could help the mercury climb a few points higher in all parts of north India.

"Current meteorological analysis suggests a gradual increase in the night temperatures by 2 to 3 degrees over next 24 hours."

Residents in the capital were seen grabbing extra woollens and lighting bonfires to cope with the extreme chill.

"I put on three sweaters before setting out from home to sell milk in Mayur Vihar and Noida," said Rajiv Yadav.

"Though its too cold, people like us cannot stay indoors. If we don't go out, our family will remain hungry. Whether its rain or cold, life goes on," he said philosophically.

"My son is too young to go to school in such a temperature. The government must announce holiday keeping in mind the chilling conditions," he added.

After all, schoolchildren, many of whom began school on Monday after two weeks of holiday, are quite the worst hit as they leave home virtually before the sun is out.

Delhi Education Minister AS Lovely said a decision to declare a holiday couldn't be taken so soon. "We know it's too cold for youngsters to go to school. But no decision has been taken to declare a holiday. If the cold spell continues, we will declare a holiday."

On Monday, Delhi experienced its coldest day with mercury plummeting to 2.6 degrees, five notches below the normal level and the coldest in six years - except for the 0.2 degrees Celsius last year on January 8.