Rainclouds from Madhya Pradesh on Thursday night helped clear off the thick fog cover from over the state on Friday. But that would not ensure the reopening of schools on Monday.
Weathermen at the local meteorological office claimed that the dense fog cover would make a comeback on Sunday morning, causing the minimum temperature to plummet till around 7ºC and even lower by Monday night.
The Patna district administration had on Thursday ordered the closure of schools till January 12 on account of the biting cold conditions.
Minimum temperatures rose slightly in the state capital and across the state on Friday. In Patna, it rose five notches. (See graphic)
The cloud and high moisture content in the atmosphere acted as a heat shield over the earth’s surface in the night hours and led to a surge in the minimum temperature in Patna. The maximum in the city rose from Thursday’s 18ºC to 21ºC.
However, the temperature forecast for Saturday was different.
Moving outdoors for long might not be a good idea for residents as the meteorological office forecast day cold conditions in Patna and several other places in north Bihar on Saturday.
“The cloud cover is expected to persist till Saturday, which is likely to lead to day cold conditions in several places in north Bihar and Patna. The maximum temperature in the state capital is expected to be around 19ºC. Light rainfall is also expected at isolated places in south Bihar on Saturday. The cloud cover is expected to clear off by Saturday night,” said Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna.
As the cloud cover is expected to depart the region by Saturday night, the meteorological department has forecast clear skies and morning fog on Sunday.
Those planning to fly kites this Makar Sankranti might also face difficulty owing to the dense morning fog on Tuesday.
“The minimum temperature is expected to be around 7ºC or below on January 14,” said Sen.
The biting cold conditions over the past couple of days have given a tough time to residents.
“I have come from Dubai to my home at Patna on vacation. As Dubai is a comparatively warmer place, I feel uncomfortable in this cold. It is almost shivering outside home and one cannot sit indoor without switching on the heater and staying under the blanket. The situation might worsen with morning fog,” said Medha Verma, resident of Boring Road.
Residents should, however, heave a sigh of relief as the city is unlikely to witness harsh winter conditions such as cold wave and wind chill over the next few days.