| Students head for school around 9am in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
The day cold condition is back in Patna and it is here to stay.
The city was enveloped in dense fog on Wednesday morning and satellite images showed thin layer of clouds over Bihar till afternoon. The visibility till 8.30am was less than 50m. The sun came out amid hazy skies only after 2.30pm.
Meteorologists said such foggy morning and day cold conditions are expected to continue for a few more days. Rain is also expected in the region on February 2, which might drive away the fog cover.
“A western disturbance originating from the Red Sea is expected to hit Jammu and Kahsmir on January 31. Moving further, it would move across Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand on February 1. Finally, it is likely to hit Bihar by February 2 and lead to rainfall,” said Ashish Sen, the director of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna.
He added that if it rains as expected then residents might get respite from foggy mornings otherwise the condition would prevail till February 8. Continuation of fog means colder days in the offing.
The fog cover till afternoon prohibited the solar rays to reach earth’s surface and this led to drop in the maximum temperature. As a result, the maximum temperature was recorded at 17.6°C on Wednesday, which was six notches lower than the normal for the day.
“Day cold conditions prevailed in Patna and its neighbouring areas on Wednesday because of dense fog cover,” said Sen. The day cold condition is said to be prevailing in the atmosphere when the maximum temperature is around 6-10°C below the normal temperature, accompanied by thick fog cover.
“It was comparatively warmer yesterday (Tuesday) but it was very cold on Wednesday. My father went late for his morning walk because of the dense fog and I had to send my daughter to school without giving her a bath. I had planned to go out with my mother in the evening but cancelled it because of the chill,” said Boring Road resident Neha Singh.