Prayagraj shivers amid sporadic showers, heavy cloud cover
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PRAYAGRAJ : On Sunday, the city's maximum and minimum humidity levels were both 100 percent, and the chill, or 'Galan,' and extreme cold conditions threw life into disarray. The city's sky was dominated by thick cloud cover, depriving people of sunlight, and with maximum and minimum temperatures nearly equal, residents continued to shiver throughout the day. Experts forecast that the weather will stay the same for the next 48 hours. On Saturday, the maximum temperature was 17.5 degrees Celsius, and on Sunday, it was 14.5 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature on Saturday was 14.4 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature on Sunday was 12.9 degrees Celsius. In addition, the city received only 0.9 millimetres of rain. Although the cloud cover did give way to a brief peek of sunshine about noon, the high dew content in the atmosphere caused 'Galan,' a phenomenon in which there is high humidity in the air adding cool waves with a wind. With the cold weather persisting, the city roads saw a drop in the number of commuters and cars.
Even the neighbourhood parks experienced a drop in the number of children and teenagers, who were wary of the weather. Locals sat around bonfires at several city crossings, while many others chose for hot tea from roadside sellers. Meanwhile, the weather forecasters expect no change in the current frigid temperatures. "The winds from the Himalayan foothills are too powerful, and a few days without fog will soon be replaced by bright sunshine, bringing chilly temperatures by next week," said Prof AR Siddiqui, a weather expert and dean of Allahabad University's Department of Geography.