LUCKNOW: While the intense cold spell prevailing for the past 10 days will continue till December 29, cloudy skies with possibility of light rainfall are likely from December 31 to January 3, the Met office said on Friday.
The weather will change because a western disturbance (WD) is expected to hit the Himalayas on December 30. It will cut off the flow of icy winds towards UP and abate foggy and cold day conditions.
However, the same extratropical storm will cause cloud cover with thundershowers or rainfall in some parts of the state on the last day of 2019 and at least the first three days of 2020.
The city woke up to dense fog on Friday and the maximum temperature did not rise above 14.4 degrees Celsius, eight notches below normal, despite sunshine because of icy winds from snow-fed mountains.
real-feel day temperature at 13 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was 7.7 degrees Celsius, a degree below normal.
State Met director JP Gupta said: “What we are witnessing right now is ‘severe cold day’ because the maximum temperature has dropped more than 6.5 degrees below normal. Similar conditions will prevail till December 29. Temperatures are expected to rise by a couple of degrees centigrades on December 30 followed by cloudy skies from December 31 to January 3.”