With dip in temperature for the last one week, morning and evening hours have become chillier, making the residents wear light jackets and full sleeve shirts. The chill is more in rural areas than urban due to green cover.
The changing weather has also increased the number of patients of cold and cough as hospitals and clinics in the city have started receiving several patients with the aforesaid problems.
The doctors in the city said when weather heads towards a change, viral diseases become very common. Such viral diseases can be avoided if precautions are taken, he said.
“As of now, weather is neither cold nor hot which suits bacteria to grow in our body and easily results in cough, cold and even fever. Elders and children with low immunity need more care. Warm clothes are must, especially in the morning and evening hours if stepping out. In general, one must increase intake of fresh fruits, vegetables and salads and it must be ensured every meal is homemade and very hygienic,”said Dr Navjot Singh, professor and head of medical unit at Christian Medical College (CMC), adding that cleanliness must be ensured as cases of malaria and dengue are on the rise.
“Currently, just elders can be seen wearing jackets but children can still be seen wearing half sleeve T-shirts or shirts. That is why most of them are suffering from cold and cough,”said Manjot Kaur Dhindsa, a nurse at a Raikot-based private hospital.
Surinder Paul Singh, director, Meteorological Centre, Chandigarh, said temperature has just dipped which crashed down to 14 degree Celsius from thirties. It is so because snowfall has begun in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir which has lowered the temperature across Punjab and Haryana. “With advancing weeks, temperature will continue to dip and morning and evening hours will be very cold,”said Singh.
The weather forecast suggests that the sky will remain clear with low temperature during morning and evening hours.