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Winter chill visits Kerala, Kottayam breaks low minimum records

January 4, 2019 12:17 PM |

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Temperatures in Kerala had been settling close to the normal levels only with any sign of winters remaining far away, which happens to be the usual case.

However, it seems like winter chill has not even spared God’s Own Country and decided to pay it a visit. Kottayam recorded its minimum at 16 degrees Celsius on January 3, which happens to be an all-time record. Today, the minimum has seen a slight increase and settled at 17.6 degrees Celsius.

Earlier, all time record low minimum was 16.9 degrees Celsius which was observed on two occasions, i.e., January 7 and 15, 1975. Today, temperature increased to 17.6 degrees Celsius, however, even this happens to be a record low temperature since the last decade after yesterday. Lowest minimum in the last decade had settled at 18 degrees Celsius, on two occasions January 17, 2012 and 2008.

Moreover, all other districts of Kerala are still witnessing minimum temperatures below normal by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius. Thus, it is safe to say that winter chill is being felt over some parts of Kerala. Reason for this change in weather conditions can be attributed to the northeasterly winds blowing since last many days. These cold winds have caused a drop in temperatures in many parts.

Moreover, temperatures in North Interior Karnataka were also quite low. Also, Cold Wave conditions were prevailing in parts of Karnataka as well as Telangana. These winds were coming from that area which dropped minimums in Kerala.

Talking about rains, weather conditions will remain dry over the state of Kerala and in the coming days also, rains will remain far away for some time. Minimum temperatures will continue to settle in a similar range for another 24 to 48 hours.

Thereafter, winds are likely to change direction from northeasterly to southeasterly due to which temperatures will see a rise, evading the persisting winter chill.

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