Monday 7 January 2019 2:17 AM UTC
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Jan 7: The state is experiencing a drop in temperature-the lowest in the last 30 years.
In Munnar, Kerala’s most popular hill station, the lowest recorded temperature is -3 degree Celsius. At Sabarimala, this is 16 degree Celsius.
Amongst the normal living areas, Punalur recorded the lowest temperature-16.2 degree Celsius; lower than the 17 degree Celsius recorded in Kottayam 30 years back-the previous lowest.
Winter season that started in December will continue till February. The average low temperature during this period is 19 degree Celsius. The usual drop in temperature during this time is 2 degree Celsius.
However this time, a drop of four degree Celsius was recorded. Drops of 4.4 in Punalur, 4.1 in Kottayam and 1.2 in Thiruvananthapuram were recorded.
Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kozhikkode experiences freezing mornings.
The India meteorological department (IMD) said that a cold and dry weather prevailed across the state in the few days. “There is a northerly wind blowing into the state from North India, which is causing this dip in temperatures,” said IMD director K Santhosh.
IMD said that severe cold wave conditions persisted over major parts of northwest India during the first half of the week, which is extended towards central India, interior parts of peninsular India and east India during this period. This is likely to last for a week.
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