Indore: City continued to reel under cold wave with maximum temperature plummeting to 8 degrees Celsius on Saturday. The cold winds that blew from north also pulled down night temperature, which was four degrees below normal. City recorded maximum temperature of 21.2 degrees Celsius on Saturday,which was eight degrees below normal. The night temperature at 7.5 degrees Celsius was four degrees below normal. Morning and evening humidity was 40 percent and 20 percent respectively.
Regional meteorological department officials said change in weather is due to western disturbance in northern part of the country. The temperature will remain same for next couple of days. Chances of fog in next couple of days are negligible. The temperature is dropping due to cold winds coming from north-east. “Snowfall had taken place in northern part of country while northern part of state received hailstorm due to which temperature fell,” a met department official said.
Swine flu patients increase
With the frequent fluctuation in temperature, the number of patients suffering from swine flu has increased. Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme nodal officer Dr Amit Malakar said three more patients have tested positive, taking their total number to 28 this year. He said 193 samples have been sent for testing in Bhopal and 23 reports are still pending. The city has recorded seven swine flu deaths since January 1. “Increasing cold is creating favourable condition for H1N1 virus. People should care of children, pregnant women and old people who are prone to the disease,” Dr Malakar said.