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Westerly pulls down mercury

Patna, Feb. 1: The city today recorded the lowest maximum temperature of the season at 16.4C.

Consequently, the city reeled from day cold conditions today as the maximum temperature was eight notches lower than the normal.

Overcast conditions and wind-chill factor prevailed throughout the day. Dry westerly winds blew at an average speed of 14-16kmph, which is comparatively high at this time of the year.

Weathermen attributed the wind-chill factor to the cold winds from Jammu and Kashmir owing to an approaching western disturbance.

The local Met office has given forecast of partly cloudy skies and similar weather over the next three days.

A western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir today is expected to approach Bihar by February 3. Accordingly, light rainfall is expected in the region on February 3 or 4, said P.N. Chaudhary, a meteorologist at India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna.

The cloudy conditions have been attributed to the high level of moisture from the Arabian Sea leading to the formation of shallow clouds in the lower level of the atmosphere. The cloud cover till afternoon prohibits the solar rays to reach the earths surface and this leads to the drop in the maximum temperature.


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