| A woman treats her daughter to ice cream at Patna zoo on Tuesday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
This New Year Day was the coldest and the sunniest this decade. The mercury column dropped to 9.9°C in the morning. The sun burnt bright.
Sporting woollen clothes, revellers enjoyed the New Year celebrations to the hilt. Outing was the order of the day unlike the two previous years, when people had to shelve their celebration plans because of rain.
The minimum temperature recorded on January 1 in 2011 and 2012 was on the higher side — 15.1°C and 11.6°C, respectively — because of the overcast conditions.
But this January 1 was different. The skies were blue. There was a bit chill in the air in the early morning. But as the day progressed, people enjoyed their day out amid the warmth of the sun.
Weathermen attributed the coldest January 1 of this decade to the recent spells of day cold conditions. “The city witnessed the highest number of day cold spells last December, triggering an overall decline in the temperature. The last day cold spell started from December 20 and continued till December 29,” said Ashish Sen, the director of India Meteorological Department, Patna.
On New Year’s Eve, several revellers organised bonfires to beat the night chill.
“The weather condition has improved a bit over the past couple of days but the nights are still cold. We had organised a bonfire last (Monday) night at our apartment taking into consideration the cold nights,” said Ravi Kumar, a resident of SK Nagar.
The revellers did not bother about the chill in the air, though. Covered in woollens from head to toes, they ventured out on Monday night to welcome the New Year.
Women sported long coats or woollen shawls. The men were spotted wearing sweaters, jackets and coats to beat the cold.
The morning after was pleasant. Just fit for picnics or day outs.
The maximum temperature stood at 23.9°C, just a degree below normal. Cashing in on the soothing weather, revellers hit the zoo, parks and malls.
Elders spent the day munching mouth-watering snacks sitting under the sun. Kids had a whale of a time running around the park. Youngsters tried their hands at badminton. The subtle change in the wind direction puzzled them at times because shuttles flew awkwardly.
Explaining the gradual change in the wind direction, Sen said: “The wind direction is changing from westerly to northeasterly. Northeasterly winds have high moisture content. Their dominance in the atmosphere would lead to foggy conditions. Dense fog is expected from January 4. It would be accompanied by rise in the minimum temperature and fall in the maximum temperature. The minimum temperature would hover around 10°C and the maximum temperature would be around 23°C,” said Sen.