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Winter arrives in advance, officially

Pull out your pullovers from wardrobes. The winter is in, officially.

The city has met the meteorology criterion for the arrival of winter — registering a minimum temperature of 13°C or below. The arrival of winter is officially announced once the mercury dips to 13°C in the first week of December. But this year, the phenomenon occurred in advance.

The citizens have started feeling the chill in the early morning and at late night. “There has been a sudden decline in the temperature,” said Prakash Kumar, resident of the Boring Road area.

D.C. Gupta, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna, told The Telegraph on Sunday: “The mercury column dropped mainly because of the influence of a western disturbance because of an upper air cyclonic circulation over north Pakistan and its neighbouring areas. Skies will be clear next few days and the humidity-level will drop. Also, the day and the night temperature will be dropping gradually. People will feel the wind chill factor because the atmosphere is filled with dry and cold winds coming from the Mediterranean Sea.”

Weathermen have claimed that the dip in the mercury would continue at least till the end of this month. After the departure of the western disturbance, fog would engulf the state capital.

Health experts suggested citizens to be cautious at the beginning of the winter. “The thermostatic mechanism of the body is not accustomed to such low temperature at the onset of winter. So, people should be very careful now. Fans should not be switched on and the entire body should be covered from the morning to the evening. Special care should be taken of children and elderly people,” said Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, a professor of physiology at Patna Medical College and Hospital.