Lucknow, Dec 1: Adding to the winter chill, Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow witnessed a sudden change in its weather on Tuesday, Dec 1. The 'city of Nawabs' wore a gloomy look as intense dust storm made a splash.
Strong wind gusts were followed by heavy rains in Lucknow, bringing the city to a standstill. A sudden darkness descended on the city this afternoon and unexpected showers threw normal life out of gear and affected vehicular traffic at its peak hour.
People caught in the unusual weather conditions ran helter-skelter as sign boards and hoardings swayed precariously due to gusty winds.
Vehicular traffic in the main business area around bustling Hazratganj came to a halt due to traffic snarls caused by commuters returning home from offices and shoppers who usually throng the market selling fashionable items.
Adding to the woes of the people, electricity supply went off and even street lights that were switched on at around 4 pm, too went out.
The sudden showers instantly brought down the temperature in the city and its neighbourhood after an unusually warm spell during this time of the year.
The MeT Department has attributed the change in weather to cyclonic circulations over eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh and western disturbances in the hilly areas.
Sudden change of weather in Lucknow. pic.twitter.com/rMDDnRoQH5— ANI (@ANI_news) December 1, 2015
Heavy rains follow the dust storms in Lucknow. pic.twitter.com/H3FXSnbmMA— ANI (@ANI_news) December 1, 2015
On Monday, Nov 30, residents of Lucknow woke up to a steady spell of rain, leaving many schoolchildren and office-goers in the lurch.
Many parts of the state would witness cloudy weather or rain, especially eastern Uttar Pradesh, the Met office had predicted yesterday. The state capital has been lashed by rain in the last 24 hours.
According to meteorological office, "Uttar Pradesh will face the winter at its fullest within a week. Fog is set to thicken by the month-end."
(With agency inputs)