Hyderabad: The city witnessed a light drizzle on Wednesday evening, an unusual weather feature during a winter month.
The weather remained cloudy throughout the day, with sporadic drizzles experienced in various pockets of the city.
The sudden change in the weather is due to Western disturbance over Pakistan to northern India that moved southwards.
A trough of flow has moved from North to South bringing relatively high moisture in the atmosphere and cloud formation.
The weather is likely to remain cloudy for the next couple of days. The local weather bureau said, “The Western disturbance caused a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal, and a trough is prevailing over south-west Bay of Bengal across Rayalseema in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This will bring light rain at isolated places across districts and light drizzle at irregular intervals, while cloudy weather will prevail for a few more days.”
Grey and Grim
- Maximum temperature on Wednesday was 30 degrees C, it didn’t feel hot due to the heavy cloud formation over the city.
- Relative humidity (moisture content in the air) was 64 per cent.
- Night temperature revolved around 15°, slightly higher than normal.
- General forecast for the coming three days in Hyderabad: Partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.
Citizens down with fever, cough
The sudden dip in temperatures has led to bouts of fever, coughs, colds and wheezing. It has been cold in the mornings and evenings and hot in the afternoons.
The body is not able to adjust to these fluctuations, say doctors.
“The weather changes suddenly and this leads to problems in both children and adults as our bodies are not able to adjust,” says general physician Dr S. Srinivas.
He says it doesn’t help that the hot afternoons tempt people to drink cold liquids. The cloudy weather also aids the movement of viruses, he says
Morning walkers, senior citizens and school-going children must be careful of the haze and black smog that develops during the morning hours. Doctors advise a balanced diet, and avoiding public gatherings where one can pick up infections.
Pulmonologist Dr K Raju has seen more wheezing in children and senior citizens because of the sudden dip in temperature. “They must avoid the cold air in the morning and evening. Covering your ears and hand-washing frequently is very important to avoid infection,” he says.