Bhopal: 6 degree celsius city braves season’s coldest night

Bhopal: Cold wave continued unabated in most parts of state, with the minimum temperatures hovering below normal limits at most places, the Meteorological (MeT) Department said. Cold wave tightened its grip on state capital recording the coldest night of the season. Bhopal recorded season’s coldest night on Wednesday with the minimum temperature plunging to 6 degrees Celsius, 5 notches below the season’s average.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius. The tourist destination Pachmarhi continued to remain the coldest in the state with mercury settling at 2 degree Celsius. Similarly the minimum temperature in Mandla and Khajuraho was around 3 degrees Celsius during the period.

The night temperature across Bhopal is on downward trend over the past week. The night temperature fell by almost two degrees compared to the previous night to settle at 6 degrees Celsius — 3.7 notches below the normal during this part of the season, the official said.• Similarly, Indore recorded a low of 9 degree Celsius, while the maximum temperature was 24.7 degree Celsius. According to weatherman, icy wind blowing in northern belt of the country has shivered the entire state.

For the last one week, most of the districts are in grip of cold wave Among the districts reeling under intense cold wave include Mandla, Chhattarpur, Tikamgarh, Hoshangabad, Betul, Datia, Gwalior, Bhind and Morena. Similarly, intense fog enveloped various districts of Jabalpur, Shahdol, and Rewa divisions. Besides, Gwalior, Morena, Bhind, Datia, Shivpuri, Tikamgarh, Chhattarpur, Panna, Hoshangabad and Betul. As entire state reeled under cold day conditions, the major brunt is shared by the crops, vegetables and fruits which are seeing damage on a large scale.

The intense cold weather is favorable for the wheat crop which is late sown (November-December), as it helps in higher yield. But persisting cold weather with fog is impacting vegetables and fruits adversely. If fog prevails for a longer period of time then it may have more impact on the crop as fog restricts solar radiation or photosynthesis which is necessary to achieve high yield.

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