Thursday, November 27, 2008

No more outdoor thrills, as chill brings mercury down

No more outdoor thrills, as chill brings mercury down
DH News Service,Bangalore:
Bangaloreans woke up to a chilly and gloomy weather on Wednesday as the cyclonic storm Nisha moved over the Southwest Bay of Bengal, headed slightly towards north and lay centred near Nagapattinam by 5.30 pm.

Continuous drizzle and cold gusty winds sent Bangaloreans diving into their jackets as the city saw a maximum of 22 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 19 degrees Celsius. The weather is expected to continue on Thursday as the cyclone will hit the coast and weaken.
A Meteorological Department official said that temperatures on Thursday would stay the same although the winds would weaken. This was because the effect of the cyclonic storm would wear off as the day progressed. Rainfall is expected in Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajnagar. Isolated rain is expected in coastal and north coastal Karnataka.
The official also stated that the city would have been seen more rain and cold weather, had the cyclone moved in the northwesterly direction.
But none of these observations mattered much to Bangaloreans on Wednesday as they huddled and went about finishing their work outdoors as early as possible. Business shops were worst hit. Shakun Gulrajani, an accountant at the Olympus Digital Camera shop, on Brigade Road said customers normally do not come out during such weather.
Vijaykumar, a shop owner at Avenue Road, did not bother go to his shop. He said: “I knew that there would be less customers. People do not go outdoors in this kind of weather unless they have to.”
The drizzle also meant that several people had to travel by auto rickshaws. Several were wary of the extra fare that auto drivers demand. Brenda, a trainer, said she did not mind paying the extra amount to travel during rough weather.


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