The state capital literally shivered as the temperature dipped to December’s all-time lowest 2.8 degrees Celsius.
The increase in difference between the maximum and minimum temperatures further made life difficult for city residents, who preferred to remain indoors.
In Lucknow, the maximum temperature was recorded at 13 degrees Celsius - 10 notches below normal temperature while the night temperature plummeted drastically to 2.8 degrees Celsius, which is again 5 degrees below normal.
The minimum temperature was the lowest ever recorded in the state capital in December, as per the Met department records.
Last time, it was on December 31, 1954 when the minimum temperature had plummeted to 2.2 degrees Celsius in the city, since when the records are available at the state Met department at Amausi. Last year, on December 26, the mercury level in the night had dropped to 2.9 degrees Celsius and earlier to it 3.6 degrees Celsius on December 19, 2007. This year, on Thursday, the minimum temperature had dropped to 3.1 degrees Celsius.
Elsewhere also chilly winds swept large parts of the state with both maximum and minimum temperatures plummeting several degrees below normal levels. Night temperature fell in Moradabad, Bareilly and Meerut divisions. It was also below normal in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Faizabad, Allahabad, Agra, Moradabad, Jhansi and Meerut divisions. Lowest minimum temperature in the state was 1.8 degrees C recorded at Muzaffarnagar.
Meanwhile, death toll this winter touched 49 with 15 more death on Friday across the state. Three deaths were reported each in Mirzapur, Jhansi and Ballia followed by two in Varanasi and one each in Sant Kabirnagar, Chandauli, Azamgarh and Baghpat. The maximum temperatures were below normal by 6 to 13 degrees Celsius in some parts of the state.
Weathermen forecast that weather would be mainly dry in the state and fog would occur in most parts. The visibility would be 200 meters or less in parts of the state.
While some people preferred staying in doors, others were seen enjoying the cold by having roadside chat and hot beverages at some places in the city.
“The cold is biting but the fun of enjoying street food is bliss in this weather. We could not afford to miss the golden moment and relish the hot and spicy food on streets at Hazratganj,” said Gita Dwivedi, mother of two kids. Foggy conditions also hit rail, road and air traffic. While almost all the trains were running late by 5-20 hours.