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Delhi experiencing coldest winter in 10 years.

New Delhi: Delhi is witnessing its coldest December in 10 years. While the metropolis recorded a minimum temperature at 2.4 degree Celsius on Sunday, the India Meteorological Department has forecast a further dip for Monday with the temperature expected to go down to 2 degrees.

However, there is good news for New Year revellers as the minimum temperature is expected to rise to 6 degrees due to the overcast conditions, and they may have to make their way back home through thick fog late in the night.

"Today's minimum of 2.4 is the lowest in a decade in the month of December," a met official said.

Northern region of the country would experience extreme cold wave conditions in the next few days, according to the official.

The sudden dip in both minimum and maximum temperatures has thrown life out of gear. People wore extra layers of woollen or huddled around with the fire to beat the icy wind. The worst affected are the poor and migrant workers who are forced to spend nights on pavements.

Night shelters spread across the city are unable to accommodate everyone. "I went to rain basera [night shelter] but could not get in. Only those lucky or those who can afford to bribe the staff managed to get in," said Sukhdev, a cycle rickshaw puller.

Some NGOs have started distributing woollen clothes and blankets to the poor.

The situation is even worse in the neighbouring Haryana where Hisar recorded -0.1 degrees on Monday while Amritsar in Punjab recorded 0.8 degrees. Similar reports are coming from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, while places in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are witnessing even lower temperatures.

"We expect the weather to improve slightly in the next few days. Minimum temperature is expected to be between 4 and 6 degrees in Delhi in the next seven days," a met official said.

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Date:Dec 31, 2013
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