Bhopal: Large parts of Madhya Pradesh were
on Wednesday swept by a severe cold wave as the minimum temperature
in Umaria district touched zero degree mark and the state
capital recorded lowest temperature of 2.3 degree Celsius --
seven degrees below normal.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 0 degree
Celsius in Umaria district, while it was 2.3 degree Celsius in
Bhopal - which was the lowest in the last 60 years, Met
department officials said, adding that yesterday the lowest
temperature in the state capital was 5.5 degree Celsius.
In order to beat the cold, people in Bhopal were seen
huddled by the bonfires. Bhopal had recorded a minimum
temperature of 0.6 degree Celsius on January 18, 1935.
In Madhya Pradesh`s other major cities - Indore,
Gwalior and Jabalpur, the minimum temperatures were recorded
at 5.0 degree Celsius, 5.2 degree Celsius and 3.6 degree
At Malajkhand in Balaghat district, the minimum
temperature of 0.4 degree was recorded followed by 0.6 degree
Celsius in Mandla, 0.7 degree Celsius in Naogaon in
Chhatarpur, 1.0 degree Celsius in Tikamgarh, 1.2 degree
Celsius in Damoh and 3.4 degree Celsius in Ratlam.
Thick fog enveloped Gwalior and Khajuraho in the
morning, causing virtual non-visibility in some areas.
The cold wave was a result of the winds blowing in
from North India and the snowfall there, the Director of Met
Department of India (Madhya Pradesh) Dr D P Dubey told a news agency.
He said that most places in Madhya Pradesh were likely
to witness the minimum temperatures of 4 degree Celsius or
less in the next 24 hours.