Rain, chilly weather dampen New Year celebrations
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Downpour during the day and the chilly weather on Tuesday dampened the festivities for the residents and forced them to make alternative arrangements at places where outdoor parties had been planned to usher in the New Year.
Rain started on Monday night and continued during the day. This brought down the temperature. The people who were ready to don their party hats to bid adieu to the year 2013 in the open had to rearrange their parties and events inside the premises as the rain struck a dampening note. The major crowd-pulling spots on the New Year eve were Elante Mall, Blue Ice, Sector 17, Hotel Mountview, JW Marriot, Score, Sector 8, Hotel Taj and almost all the resto-bars in Sector 26.
Ankit Gupta, director, Human Veritgo Lounge, said, "Because of the cold weather, the bookings and parties at the New Year eve were not as per expectations. Secondly, hotel industry considers Tuesdays as Sundays. These factors proved to be a dampener."
The Met Department had predicted rainfall till December 31st night but a clear day from January 1, 2014 onwards. The department has predicted heavy fog in the next two-three days while the temperature may also plummet from Wednesday.
The city on Monday recorded the lowest minimum temperature for the month of December at 3.4 degrees, which was three degrees below normal. According to the MeT Department, December 30 was the coldest night of the season.
Surinder Paul, director, Meteorological Department, said, "From January 1 onwards, there will be no rain, though the days would be cloudy. The temperature would fall in another three days while there are possibilities of heavy fog too.
The fog would give way to clear sky later."