Mercury goes upwards, spells end of cold days

February 20th, 2008 - 8:59 pm ICT by admin  

(All India weather report)

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) As the mercury continued to rise Wednesday, millions in Delhi and the national capital region experienced a warm day and a not-so-cold night. The difference in the maximum at nearly 26 degrees and the minimum at eight degrees Celsius was almost 15 degrees Celsius.

The lines at doctor’s clinic grew almost overnight as the number of patients - mostly children and elderly - complaining of cough, cold and asthma almost doubled.

“I survived the most of bitter cold in January and February with any problems, but this change in weather has worsened my asthmatic condition,” said Kamlesh Sharma, 70, from north Delhi.

Delhi - and most of the country’s north - was reeling under a severe cold wave for over a month now, with the season’s lowest recorded at 1.9 degrees Celsius Jan 2, and the lowest temperature this month at 2.9 degrees Feb 2.

The Met Office here said that a fresh western disturbance over the northern plains could push up the minimum temperature in the plains by two to three degrees in the next couple of days till Friday.

The lowest temperature in the plains was 4.5 degrees Celsius recorded at Narnaul in Haryana.

Meanwhile, a thunder squall followed by a hailstorm hit the Orissa capital Bhubaneswar, uprooting trees and damaging property worth millions.

“The thunder squall with hailstorm hit for five to six minutes in the afternoon,” an official of the Bhubaneswar meteorological office told IANS.

The weather office has forecast more rain or thundershowers at many places in coastal Orissa, West Bengal, Sikkim, Bihar and northeastern states.

The following are the maximum and minimum temperatures and rainfall in major cities for the 24 hours till Wednesday morning, with figures in brackets denoting deviations from the average.

CityMaximum Temperature Minimum Temperature Rainfall
(C) (C) (mm)

Delhi 26.4 (+1) 8.2 (-3) Nil

Mumbai 30.3 (-2) 18.7 (+2) Nil

Chennai 31.0 (+1) 21.2 (-1) Nil

Kolkata 29.6 (0) 17.1 (0) 1.1

Ahmedabad 33.7 (+3) 11.7 (-3) Nil

Bangalore 31.1 (+1) 18.6 (0) Nil

Bhopal 31.0 (+2) 12.9 (0) Nil

Bhubaneswar 31.0 (0) 21.5 (+2) Trace

Chandigarh 25.6 (+3) 7.2 (-3) Nil

Dehradun 22.0 (0) 9.7 (+1) Nil

Panaji 30.7 (0) 18.8 (-2) Nil

Guwahati 23.1 (-4) 10.7 (-1) Nil

Hyderabad 33.0 (+1) 20.0 (+3) Nil

Jaipur 27.9 (+1) 10.6 (-1) Nil

Lucknow 26.1 (-1) 8.6 (-1) Nil

Nagpur 34.6 (+2) 14.4 (-2) Nil

Patna 27.8 (0) 11.1 (-2) Nil

Pune 34.3 (+2) 15.4 (+3) Nil

Srinagar 13.8 (+5) -2.5 (-3) Nil

Thiruvananthapuram 32.5 (+1) 22.5 (0) Nil

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