JUST BEFORE the winter season was expected to bow out a cold wave gripped a major parts of the State, plunging the mercury to four degrees Celsius mark in many parts. The met office has officially warned of cold wave conditions in Northern Madhya Pradesh for the next day or two.
On Sunday too, Gwalior and Khajuraho in north Madhya Pradesh recorded minimum temperature of 4 degrees Celsius, which is below the normal for season. Traditionally cold conditions subside after Makar Sankranti (that fell on Sunday) when the Sun transcends into the tropic of Capricorn. But this year, the cold wave gripped people on Makar Sankranti day and is expected to continue for at least two days.
The Capital also recorded the lowest minimum temperature of the season at 8.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, one degree lower than normal of the season. The cold is expected to intensify in the Capital too with the met office saying that night temperatures would go down at least by a degree during next one or two days.
In view of cold conditions, Bhopal Municipal Corporation has made preparations to light bonfires at important public places in the City. Arrangements for additional blankets have been made at night shelters run by the BMC.
Regional Meteorological Centre director Dr D P Dubey told Hindustan Times that winds were now blowing in northerly and northwesterly direction over the State bringing in cold winds from north India, which was already reeling under a cold wave since the past several days.
He said during the next 24 hours areas in Gwalior, Chambal, Rewa, Sagar and Ujjain divisions would face cold wave conditions and minimum temperatures would plunge to around four degrees or lower.