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Unseasonal rainfall, dip in temperature trigger panic

This sudden fluctuation in the temperatures is a reason for concern keeping in view the number of Swine flu cases reported from the state.

A waterlogged area in Ahmedabad on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)
A waterlogged area in Ahmedabad on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

The morning’s induced upper air cyclonic circulation that laid over the state resulted in an unseasonal heavy showers on Sunday morning in Ahmedabad and parts of Saurashtra and Kutch region. The meteorological department has predicted light rainfall across the state for another two days; till March 3.

While Porbandar district received the maximum rainfall of 20.9 millimetre, Ahmeabad was lashed with 19.2 millimetre followed by Rajkor 13.4 millimetre. Junagadh and Amreli too received light rainfall. This brought down temperatures that already witnessed a dip on Saturday.

The forecast of rainfall in the coming days is expected to further decline temperatures causing an alert for the health officials against Swine flu.

While, the day temperatures fell appreciably in parts of central Gujarat, Saurashtra, Kutch as well as south Gujarat region areas worst hit by Swine flu, the night temperatures rose appreciably in parts of south Gujarat region. However, it fell appreciably in remaining parts of Saurashtra and changed little over rest of the region.

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According to health experts, this sudden fluctuation in the temperatures is a reason for concern keeping in view the number of Swine flu cases reported from the state.

The maximum temperature in Ahmedabad was 25.2 degree Celsius which was 8 degrees below normal temperature. “This unpredictable weather will definitely have an adverse effect on the already alarming situation of Swine flu in the state, especially in Ahmedabad. Both the unseasonal rainfall and a dip in temperature are suitable conditions for this deadly virus to incubate. We can only hope that the weather get clear and sunny at the earliest,” said in-charge medical officer at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

The weather department has predicted light rainfall over central Saurashtra and Kutch region. For Ahmedabad, the maximum temperature is expected to be around 29 and minimum at 16 degree Celsius on Monday.