With a western disturbance expected over north India on January 28 and 29, there are chances of rain that can further intensify cold besides the foggy and cloudy weather in Punjab, the meteorological office in Chandigarh revealed on Monday.
According to the latest forecast, cold is here to stay. “Cold and dry weather, accompanied by dense fog and clouds, will continue to prevail in the coming days, but we also expect light rain at isolated places in Punjab and neighbouring states,” said an official of the Met office.
The minimum temperature in Ludhiana on Sunday was 4.3 degrees Celsius, while it was 5 degrees Celsius on Monday. In the coming week, the minimum temperature will vary between 5 and 12 degrees Celsius. Chilly winds during the day have been forecast and fog will continue to spread its thick blanket, especially during morning and evening hours.
Meanwhile, people can be seen devising ways to beat the chill. Those on two-wheelers can be seen using blankets and shawls besides wearing mufflers, caps and gloves. Those travelling by buses and trains have also been carrying blankets. In rural areas, sitting around bonfires has become a daily ritual even during day.
“It has become difficult to step out, especially during morning and evening hours, as one keeps shivering and it becomes difficult to work. While those who have cars manage but for those, like me, who have only two-wheelers, it is an uphill task,” says Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Chaura Bazaar here.
College and university students say they have increased their tea and coffee breaks. “Coffee and tea orders have drastically increased in our canteens. It is the easiest option though it is not of much help. We are hoping for sunny days ahead that we have not seen for weeks,” said a group of students from Punjab Agricultural University here.