LUCKNOW: Mercury levels rose by a couple of degrees in many parts of the state on Wednesday but biting cold with thick dense fog continued to prevail for the second consecutive day.
According to the Met department the gradual rise in the day temperatures will continue for next few days, but there will be no significant relief from the severe cold till Saturday.
In Met terminology, if maximum temperatures are 6.5 degrees Celsius or more below the normal, it is called severe cold day conditions.
In Lucknow, severe cold day conditions continued on Wednesday with maximum temperature 12 degrees Celsius, about one-and-half degrees more than Tuesday, but still nine units below normal.
This was because a thick blanket of fog continued to develop the city, not allowing sun rays to penetrate to the earth surface. The visibility was near zero in the morning which improved to about 100 metre during the day.
The night was also chilly with minimum temperature 7.3 degrees Celsius, a marginal increase than Tuesday, but still remained 0.3 degrees below normal.
State met officials said that the northwesterly icy winds that started lashing the state from Monday night will continue to dominate till Saturday, resulting in foggy conditions and biting cold.
A western disturbance is expected to hit the Himalayas on Saturday, which will cause rains and snow in the mountains, but at the same time also cut off the flow of icy winds towards the northwestern plains. This will bring some relief for 2-3 days before tormenting northwesterly winds will revive and bring a fresh spell of cold wave, they added.

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