Assam under grip of cold wave

Guwahati, Jan 13 (PTI) Cold wave conditions prevailedin Assam today as the mercury plummeted to a record low ofeight degrees Celsius affecting normal life.

A spokesman for the Regional Meteorology Centre heresaid the cold wave would persist for a couple of days more,which came as dampener for those preparing to celebrate the Magh Bihu harvest festival starting tomorrow.

Cold north-westerly winds from north India haveresulted in the dip in temperature.

The cold wave was persisting in north India andGangetic West Bengal due to Western Disturbance in theHimalayas, he explained.

Normal life was affected in many parts of the statewhich came under a thick blanket of fog as people were seenhuddling around bonfires to keep themselves warm.

Attendance in government offices was also low.