Bhopal: The winter returning with a vengeance took the entire state into its icy grip showing no sign of immediate let-up on Wednesday. Reportedly out of ten coldest places in the country in last 24 hours, seven are in Madhya Pradesh. Cold wave conditions prevailed in most parts of the state where Khajuraho was the coldest place at a low of 2.4 degrees Celsius, followed by Mandla which shivered at 2.6 degrees Celsius, MeT department officials said on Thursday.
Nowgaon battled cold at 2.7, Umaria 2.8. Betul 3, Khargone 3 and Malajkhand 3 degree Celsius. Chambal region has recorded significant drop in the temperature. The weather office said the cold wave coming from the Himalayan ranges led to the intense cold. In many districts the school are closed for two days, but the situation of weather is not seems to be in cosy in coming two three days.
In coming 24 hours cold wave would cover the east and western districts of the state, cold day can be reported in the Jabalpur, Indore, Sagar and in Chambal divisions. Frost may affect the areas of eastern part of the state including some places of Hosangabad, Indore, Ujjain and Gwalior divisions.
Though the sun was bright and the sky was clear in state capital throughout the day, it failed to provide any relief from severity of cold wave conditions. The night temperatures in city went down by 5 degrees Celsius. The day temperature of Sheopur was 20.6 degree Celsius, which the lowest in the state.
The queen of hills Pachmari reported the little warmer with 21 degree, Jabalpur also remained under the cold wave with 21.7 degree Celsius. Narshingpur district reported the temperature of 22 degree, Satna with 22.3 degree, Seoni 22.4 and Chhindawara with 22.8 degree Celsius.