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Are weather gods in Diwali mood?

india Updated: Oct 20, 2006 01:10 IST
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ARE WE going to have a wet Diwali? This was the common refrain when weather took a sudden turn on Thursday. The days that were all summery till Wednesday, turned wintry overnight. The change over added zing to the shopping spree the city is in the grip of in the wake of Diwali and Eid.

Citizens woke up this morning to be surprised by the hazy sky and a strong cold wind.

“Transition to winter may seem abrupt to people who have been complaining first about a sultry October and then hot October. But from our standards there was nothing abnormal about the weather in the month,” said the weatherman.

Night temperature had already been falling and for the past few days even day temperature had started decreasing. “But western disturbance with a system passing over the State lent clouds and winds. Now, cold air is being derived and temperatures will continue to fall. But before that, there might be rain or thundershowers,” said weatherman. In fact, some areas in the city did receive a drizzle, though sporadic. Real winter feel has set in now, said the weatherman.

But, there is a need to guard against such a weather change, especially with festivals round the corner, as people may catch cold easily in this time of temperature transition.