People huddle over a bonfire for relief from biting cold in the state capital, Bhopal, on Saturday.
People huddle over a bonfire for relief from biting cold in the state capital, Bhopal, on Saturday.

BHOPAL: The state capital shivered with the continued drop in temperatures on Saturday. There was a sharp drop of 7°Celsius within three days, bringing with it bone-chilling cold. Bhopal registered 13.6°Celsius on Wednesday; on Friday, it was 7.4°Celsius; and now, it is 6.6°Celsius on Saturday.

However, the sunny weather has increased the day temperature, so it is a matter of relief for Bhopalites. Otherwise, the northerly wind which is blowing at 10km-12km from the northern belt, which is in the grip of intense cold, has infused biting cold.

Heaters and fire comfort

Normal life has been affected in the state capital as the temperature went down to 6.6°Celsius on Saturday morning. This is the lowest temperature of the season. With the temperature going down across the state, people are seen bringing out the room heaters and huddling around fires at crossroads in the state capital. After a slight relief from chills, people faced the brunt of a bone-chilling night.

The civic body dumped wooden blocks at various public places, such as bus stands, railway stations, hospitals, Ren Basera and others squares for use as firewood for people in the biting cold.

The meteorological department has predicted that the minimum temperature is expected to remain low with the maximum temperature in the same range. Therefore, the mercury may drop further.

Meteorological department advisory

* Besides, the meteorological department has issued an advisory for protection from cold

* It says there should be protection for infants, children, pregnant women, elders and people suffering from chronic diseases

* People should take protection from exposure to the cold

* Heads, neck and hands should be well-covered for protection from the biting cold

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