BHOPAL : Severe cold paralysed the normal life in the city on Monday as sharp drop in day as well as night temperature was recorded in the city. The drop of 5°C in temperature infused intense chilliness in the atmosphere. Weatherman attributed the sharp drop in the temperature to northerly wind and disappearance of clouds. For the three -four days, it was cloudy weather in the city and when clouds disappeared, the entire city slipped into intense cold.

Bhopal recorded a maximum temperature of 20.1°C which was 6°C below normal while it recorded a minimum temperature of 11.4°C which was normal. On Sunday, the day temperature (maximum temperature) was 24.4°C and in the night it was recorded at 16.2°C which reflects a reduction of temperature by 4.3°C during the day and night temperature by 5°C.

People were seen taking relief with the warmth from sunlight in lawn. The Employees during lunch hours were also spotted in office-lawns and parks to get respite from cold during the day. In Morning, it was intense cold and the school going kids had to bear the brunt. However, schools’ managements have extended timing and schools have started classes from 8.30am. However, it provided no respite to the kids.

The commercial capital of the state, Indore recorded a minimum temperature of 7°C which was 3°C below normal while minimum temperature at Pachmarhi and Khanjuraho remained the same and it was pegged at 8.4°C both the tourist destinations of the state.

According to Meteorological department, the temperature during the night hours is likely to decrease further with disappearance of clouds. The entire state is in the grip of northerly wind. Besides, the foggy may also descend particularly in outskirt areas during the early morning hours.

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