Gurgaon wakes up to cold and blustery day, Met sas rain in next 48 hours
The minimum temperature in Gurgaon was 13°C on Monday, two degrees lower than Sundaygurgaon Updated: Feb 12, 2018 23:08 IST
Residents woke up to a cold and blustery Monday, as the sun remained hidden behind clouds and the skies were overcast for most part of the day.
Officials of the India Meteorological Department said that rain or thunderstorms is likely to hit the city Monday night, dragging down the mercury further.
The city recorded a minimum temperature of 13°C on Monday, two degrees lower than what it recorded on Sunday. It wasn’t until the afternoon that the sun peered through the clouds.
“The minimum temperature in the city, which had seen a sudden spike over the last few days, will drop appreciably in the event of rain. Rain is forecast, as there has been a shift in wind pattern because of the western disturbance. There will be rain in the western Himalayas in the next 48 hours and it will have an impact on the weather in Noida as well,” an IMD official said.
With the skies overcast and a sharp chill in the air, the roads were largely deserted as residents preferred to stay indoors. At several places across the city, people were spotted huddling around bonfires.
Residents, who had packed away their woollens thinking that winter was on its way out, bundled up again as there was a sudden shift in the city’s weather on Monday.
“I did not send my son to school today, as it was windy in the morning and the skies had gone dark. I didn’t even let him play outside fearing that he might catch a cold. I had packed my woollens, but had to pull them out again as the temperature had dropped and there was a sharp chill in the air,” Renu Kalra, a resident of Mayfield Gardens in Sector 50, said.
According to the Met department, the sky will remain cloudy over the next few days and there also be some rain accompanied by thunder. However, the clouds will clear next week and the temperature will rise, the weathermen said.
The day time temperature in the city had been on the higher side over the last few days and had even hit 25°C, which is unusual for this time of the year.
With the chill returning to the city on Monday and rain forecast over the next two days, doctors advised residents to take necessary precautions to keep viral fever and infections at bay. They also warned of a rise in cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchitis.
They said that in this kind of weather, infections in the upper respiratory tract is one of the most common reasons for residents to visit doctors. Doctors also warned of a rise in cases of dengue and malaria in the event of rain.
“On an average, we have been receiving in excess of 50 patients suffering from fever. There has also been a rise in cases of people suffering from respiratory problems. We have also been getting around 30 patients, on an average, complaining of breathing problems. Our hospital has reported some cases of swine flu as well,” BK Rajora, chief medical officer, Civil Hospital, Gurgaon, said.