Gurgaon: Rain to bring down mercury, fog likely to return, says Met
Met officials said a western disturbance, which is passing over west Rajasthan, brought rainfall to the citygurgaon Updated: Jan 23, 2018 22:06 IST
The rain on Tuesday is likely to drag the mercury further down in Gurgaon on Wednesday, the Met department said, adding that the wet weather and cold wave from the Himalayas will not only result in a significant drop in the city’s minimum temperature but will also bring back the fog.
According to the Met department, the city recorded a minimum temperature of 9°C on Tuesday and it is likely to drop by another two degrees on Wednesday. The minimum temperature on Monday was 11°C. Doctors have warned of a rise in viral infections and respiratory problems and have advised residents to take necessary precautions.
Officials of India Meteorological Department (IMD) also advised commuters to drive carefully on the highways, as the city is likely to experience dense fog in the wee hours over the next couple of days.
“The western disturbance, which is passing over west Rajasthan, is bringing rainfall over the northern plains and snow over the western Himalayan region. As the wet weather persists, Gurgaon will experience a steady dip in temperature and thunderstorm and hailstorm, accompanied by lightning, is likely to hit the city over the next few days. The temperature in northern India, which had shown a slight increase in the recent weeks, will drop again,” an IMD official said.
The city sky was overcast for most part of the day and it wasn’t before 2.30pm that the sun burst through the clouds. Residents stepped out with umbrellas and were bundled up as a cold breeze swept through the city.
Doctors advised residents to avoid stepping out in the rain as much as possible and take precautions to keep viral infections at bay. Doctors at the Civil Hospital said that with a sudden shift in weather, viruses are likely to multiply and could affect people with low immunity.
“Everyday, we get as many as 80 patients suffering from viral fever. Cases of people suffering from respiratory ailments have also gone up. On an average, we get around 60 patients suffering from breathing problems. Our hospital has also recorded some suspected swine flu cases,” BK Rajora, chief medical officer, Civil Hospital, said.
Doctors also warned of a spurt in dengue and malaria cases in the light of rain.
Dr Rajesh Kumar, senior consultant, internal medicine, at a private hospital, said, “A sharp drop in temperature and climate change could result in viral infections and a rise in cases of bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this kind of weather, upper respiratory infections (URIs) is one of the most common reasons for residents to visit doctors.”