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Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow which was gearing for a locust invasion since the end of June finally spotted its first swarm in Nirala Nagar on Sunday at around 1:15 pm

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One of our favourite seasons of the year, monsoons have officially arrived in the state and today, Lucknow offered us a lash of rain as a respite from the intense summer heat. The cloudy skies for the past 2-3 days had been giving us hope and now we're finally under the much-awaited monsoon spell.

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Ever since the coronavirus pandemic came into being, cities all over the world are reporting a steady improvement in Air Quality. In Lucknow itself, the effects are rather unmissable. This is perhaps the only good thing to come out of the national Lockdown.

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Coronavirus outbreak and its fear has made life difficult for us all. While a strict lockdown has been enforced in India, trapping most of us inside our own homes, the situation seems to have lighten only in the slightest. One of the most gruelling aspects of the lockdown is the boredom that comes with it. However, Earth Day is here with a charming gift for the residents of Lucknow as a meteor shower is expected to light up the city's night sky.

The Lyrids meteor shower will be visible to Lucknow residents tonight from 9:30 PM and if like us you're sitting at home getting bored out of your mind, the shooting stars are sure to cheer you up!

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Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is one of the many wetlands in the northern part of India and it is counted amidst the jewels of Uttar Pradesh. Complete with a reclining lake and a picturesque set-up in every nook and corner, this sanctuary also boasts of watchtowers and boats, which add immensely to its beauty! Birds like Spotwill, Woodpecker, Parakeet, Painted Stork, Coot, Common Teal, Shoveller, Pochard are some of the residents here and it is a must-visit if you're an ardent bird watcher.

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In the wake of the looming COVID-19 threat, Lucknow residents have been staying indoors and simultaneously, the streets have been empty and the air, cleaner. Breaking the silence of the missing urban rush on Friday, Lucknow has been drenched in a loop of incessant rainfall for the greater part of the day. Lucknowites woke up to a windy morning and this sudden change of weather has definitely brought in a pleasant change of mood amidst the prevailing gloom.

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Weather in Lucknow has taken a pleasant turn owing to the western disturbances and we're not sure if we're supposed to pack our woollens just yet. The city witnessed heavy rainfall and hailstorm today, leaving Lucknowites in a sunshine state of mind.

Covered with hailstones, the roads in the city looked utterly picturesque and the residents of Lucknow took to their social media accounts to document this rare sight.

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Air pollution today has become a major issue. No matter which way you turn, most cities/states are fighting their battle with air pollution and it often seems that pollution is winning around all ends. Lucknow is one city that has been battling with air pollution for a long time. The air quality in the city is abysmal and often has crossed even Delhi in pollution rankings. The air quality is degrading by the day and it often seems that there's no respite in sight for the people of the city.

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The intense cold wave that gripped the North India did not seem to be ending, while the cold winds, rains and cloudy skies made matters worse for most cities. Lucknow too had been reeling under the spell of cold, but thankfully, the days of cold mornings and colder nights are past us.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a week long spell of clear skies, sunny days and pleasant weather in the state capital. So bring out the sunscreens because the city is getting hotter as we speak!

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