Second cold spell in Uttar Pradesh after incessant rains

Lucknow, Jan 1 (IANS) A night-long drizzle followed by incessant rain since Sunday morning has brought the mercury down in large parts of Uttar Pradesh.

The met office in Lucknow recorded 50.4 mm rainfall between Sunday morning and 5.30 p.m. when it stopped pouring.

Accompanying the showers were cold winds that marked the return of a second spell of winter at the start of the new year.

There was a marked fall of 6 to 8 degrees in the day temperature in several parts of the state. The lowest temperature was 4.1 degrees, recorded in Etawah.

The widespread rain disrupted normal life in many places. Power supply was badly affected in several cities, where sudden snags in high-tension lines led to prolonged power-cuts.

Pavement dwellers were the worst hit.

The usual buzz of the first day of the New Year was missing on city streets as people preferred to remain indoors on account of the rain and cold winds.

Met officials have predicted an overcast sky with more rain over the next 24 hours to Monday evening, when the temperature is expected to fall further.