The whole of Uttar Pradesh is facing the cold of harsh conditions. Mercury was measured between 10 and 13 degrees Celsius till 10 am in most areas of the state, while the air quality has reached dangerous levels between dense fog and melting.
Almost all of the state including Muzaffarnagar, Agra, Meerut, Ballia, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Barabanki, Ballia, Kanpur and Bareilly are witnessing hilly terrain due to melting and cooling. Road traffic has been severely affected due to the fog and haze while the weather has adversely affected rail and air traffic.
According to the Meteorological Department, there is no hope of softening in the cold weather at present. The weather in the state is generally expected to remain dry during the next 24 hours. During this time, cold day conditions may occur at some places in the west. During this time, the minimum temperature in most areas is expected to be six to eight degrees Celsius and maximum 21 to 23 degrees Celsius.
Markets which usually open from nine o'clock were listened to after 10 o'clock due to the cold, while the presence of government and private offices also saw a difference. The people entered the office with a delay of ten to 15 minutes due to the cold and made themselves workable by standing in front of the heater or warmer. Due to the chill, bonfires are being seen from place to place on the streets where animals along with animals are also seen removing the cold.
Suryadev was not seen in many places till 10:30 in the morning. Despite the opening of schools from class nine to 12, the number of students remained almost negligible even today.
According to the Meteorological Department, the air quality index (AQI) was measured above 160 in most areas of the state, which is considered to be very harmful for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Doctors have advised that especially elderly and patients should avoid going out in the cold and cover the head and feet with warm clothes if it is too sunny. Be sure to use a mask before leaving the road due to corona infection. Do not use the stove and other flammable substances in a closed room, which can cause harmful health gases.